REVIEW: The Political Satire In ‘Sausage Party’ Works, Everything Else Not So Much

Director Greg Tiernan and actor Seth Rogen take animated pictures to a whole new level with this feature, mixing ideas of a raunchy comedy and a Pixar-like adventure.

The film takes place in a supermarket like any other and shows that all of the food and items in the store are sentient. Additionally, the products view humans as gods, meaning that when they are bought and taken out of the store they’re going to a sort of heaven.

Much of the flick revolves around the characters Franks (Rogen), a sausage and Brenda (Kristen Wiig) a bun. The movie picks up with them getting lost with other foods in the store when a mishap happens preventing them from being purchased. In the process, they start to learn some of the truth behind what the humans do.

Whether a person has seen a TV spot or a full length trailer, it’s fairly easy to notice that this movie is quite self aware and also doesn’t take itself too seriously. In this case the movie largely lives up to its advertising. There is a story here, and it does get the characters from point A to point B, but the fact remains that many of the scenes are just set ups for the movie’s attempts at humor.

In that sense, those attempts are the real driving force behind the picture, for better and for worse.

Working to the film’s advantage, and likely its best part, was the political satire featured throughout. The movie includes satirical looks at both religious fundamentalism as well as outdated geopolitical conflicts. In these moments, the picture finds its stride, with much of the humor being on point.

The whole concept of the movie, being a riff on inanimate objects coming to life like something from “Toy Story,” worked OK in some bits of the first act, too.

However, all of the other humor largely seemed overly dependent on characters either swearing or doing raunchy things. As this is an animated movie, there’s somewhat of a novelty in the idea of making things as crude as possible, but it just wears off after not much time has gone by.

In terms of voice acting, the only one who really goes for something different is Edward Norton. Other staples of the Seth Rogen crew such as Danny McBride, James Franco, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson are instantly recognizable and provide the same delivery that most audiences are used to.

While the movie does have strengths, its whole idea of being an animated movie with adult themes and language makes the overall product appear a bit thin. Its satirical social commentary make it worth streaming to watch for those who can stomach more of the raunchy stuff, but it’s not necessary to rush out to the theater for. 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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