Seth Rogen is one of the most successful and popular comedic actors working today, and it’s awesome. You know what to expect when you’re watching a Seth Rogen film: weed, dick, and fart jokes. However, for some viewers such as myself, his work means more. His films inspire hope, especially for the average looking guys who’ve never been able to catch a break. There’s typically some goofy romance and bromance that’s always welcome. The point is that Seth Rogen films are typically funny, entertaining, with plenty of memorable and uplifting moments. It was only a matter of time before Rogen and crew brought their fun and timeless brand of humour to the animated genre with Sausage Party, and it makes you love them all the more.
In Sausage Party, the food and various other grocery store items are sentient and they all have the same goal in mind: to reach “The Great Beyond.” The only way this happens is if the gods (aka humans) decide to buy them. Frank (Seth Rogen), a sausage is one of the few food items that discovers the horrifying truth of “The Great Beyond” and feels obligated to reveal it to everyone.
What Sausage Party really nails is the entire grocery store setting. The film is set at Shopwell’s, a typical American grocery store. The employees hate it, and deep down inside they could care less about the customers. Darren (Paul Rudd), the manager is especially apathetic. Having worked in a grocery store myself for almost 6 years, it feels true to life. The job wears you down and leaves you in a constant state of apathy. Some of the employees are especially rude to the customers, which is funny as hell for a viewer like me because you’re constantly reminded how you should essentially treat a customer like royalty. Most retail employees can only fantasize about being really mean to a customer (unless they feel they have nothing left to lose), so seeing some rudeness from the employees on display here is rewarding in it’s own way.
As for the humour, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a Seth Rogen film. It’s vulgar and raunchy with weed jokes a plenty. Trying to figure out who’s all voicing the various food items throughout is fun in of itself and it’s really hilarious when they reveal who’s voicing Sammy Bagel Jr. (minor spoiler: he’s considered a more respectable actor than Seth Rogen). As with almost all Seth Rogen flicks, there’s some funny romance. Considering Seth Rogen is voicing a sausage, it’s hilariously obvious that he has a thing for Brenda Bunson (Kristen Wiig), a hot dog bun. A love triangle of sorts gradually develops as Teresa del Taco (Salma Hayek); a lesbian taco shell wants some of Brenda herself. Also, the antagonist of the film is a literal douche, who’s voiced by Nick Kroll. Can it get anymore funny than that?
Beneath all the raunchy and vulgar humor, Sausage Party actually does have some deep and insightful things to say. For example, it questions God and religion. The humans are perceived as Gods by the various food items in the store, but does that actually make them worthy of divine status? If anyone or anything can be considered divine, is there an obligation to worship them, and should there be an obligation to do so? Additionally, is it worthwhile and meaningful to rely so much on some kind of “Great Beyond” like the food items do? It raises some existential questions that you likely wouldn’t expect. Food item lives matter too!
So is Sausage Party worth attending? Well, it mostly depends if you like Seth Rogen and his style of humour. Even if you’re not a fan of the Rogen, it’s hard to deny that the concept is unique and that it goes all out with no apologies. It’s fun, creative, consistently funny, and food orgy scene is something that just needs to be seen. Words cannot do it justice. The kids got Finding Dory this summer and the adults got Sausage Party. Everybody happy!