Seth Rogen’s “Sausage Party” is a filthy good time

As somewhat of a man child, I have a soft spot for animation, especially when it’s at least a bit on the irreverent side. I also happen to really enjoy the humor of Seth Rogen, so when I knew he was developing something called Sausage Party, my interest was already piqued. Well, fast forward from its initial announcement a few years ago to last night I finally got a chance to see it, ahead of its release at the end of the week. Wow. Not only is it perhaps the dirtiest animated film that I’ve ever seen, it just might be one of the funniest as well. It’s unlike anything else out there, that’s for sure.

The movie is a look at what our food does in the supermarket and how they actually learn the truth about their existence. Initially believing that humans are gods and when selected, they head to a wonderful place called the Great Beyond, items like Frank the Sausage (Rogen) and Brenda the Bun (Kristen Wiig) discover that’s not the case, setting off a literal fight for survival. It is absolute insanity, let me tell you. I almost can’t say anything that happens, not only to preserve the surprises, but also because it’s just too raunchy. I laughed out loud a ton, but there will also be walkouts on opening night, I suspect. Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon direct, while the screenplay is credited to Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir (based on a story by Goldberg, Rogen, and Jonah Hill). In addition to Rogen and Wiig, as well as Hill, the A-list voice cast includes Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Anders Holm, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, and many more. Music, believe it or not, comes from Alan Menken, alongside Christopher Lennertz.

Honestly, this is just an absolutely hilarious flick. From the way this is all just a metaphor for religion to one specific sequence in the third act that has to be seen in order to be believed, it all just tickles your funny bone. There’s one or two slower spots, but they almost are needed in order to give you a chance to catch your breath, you’ll be laughing so hard. This film is just as funny as you’d expect, and way dirtier too, but it’s also smarter than you’re expecting, and that was a delightful little surprise. Plus, the original song is as catchy as any of Menken’s Disney outings.

Believe it or not, Sausage Party has some mild awards viability. Basically, it’s Best Original Screenplay (for Goldberg, Hill, Hunter, Rogen, and Shaffir), Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song or bust, with Animated Feature and Original Song being the realistic goals. Assuming voters actually give it a chance, Animated Feature should be a solid shot, since it may very well end up the best reviewed contender of the lot. Original Song will be kind of a crap shoot, but then again, that’s always the case with that category, so it’s jut par for the course. We shall see.

Overall, if you love to laugh and aren’t easily offended by some very dark humor, Sausage Party is for you. Friday brings an irreverent joy for those of you with as twisted a mind as mine. I laughed harder at this than at anything else so far in 2016. It’s not just the animated comedy of the year to date, it’s also the animated movie of the year to me. Nothing is likely to come close. You’ll have to see it for yourself in order to understand, and I hope you do. Seeing is believing here, just know what you’re getting yourself into…

Be sure to check out Sausage Party, in theaters this weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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