The fact that Sausage Party comes from the minds of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill, the creators and stars of stoner comedies such as Pineapple Express and This is the End, should instantly tell you that this latest animation to hit our big screens is quite unlike any other you’ve seen before.
The concept may be cute and Pixar-esque, taking the idea behind Toy Story and throwing away the toys in favour of food, but that’s just about where the cuteness ends. This may just be a cartoon, but with a barrage of bad language, political incorrectness and a sequence which takes the term “food porn” to a whole other level, this is strictly for adults only.
The first film of its kind to be released in over a decade – the last major adult animation to play in cinemas was South Patk: Bigger Longer & Uncut in 1999 – it is unfortunate that the writing itself is never quite as good as its gimmicky premise.
Whilst it has moments of sheer comedic brilliance, there aren’t enough consistent laughs to put it anywhere near the same level of greatness as something like Superbad. There’s a great gag involving a Meatloaf song, Edward Norton’s impression of Woody Allen is truly something to behold, and the film’s climax is twisted enough to leave an entire audience in stitches, even though it might put you off of your food for a few weeks.
It’s a shame then that everything inbetween these painfully hilarious jokes is limited to puns, euphemisms and swearing for the sake of swearing – see Planes, Trains & Automobiles for the best ever use of “F” word in film – all of which becomes pretty tiresome after the film’s first twenty-minutes (“He’s a sausage, she’s a bun. Yes we get it already”).
When attempts are made at trying to be a little more clever, especially in the jokes surrounding the different ‘cultures’ of food, Sausage Party comes ever so close to being something special. As it stands, however, it feels like a missed opportunity. Sporadically funny, it is undeniably disappointing and instantly forgettable -even though a scene involving a giant food orgy will forever be burnt into your psyche. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have nothing to worry about just yet.
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