SAUSAGE PARTY (2016) 1.5 Stars (out of 5)

PrintI am not going to mince words. SAUSAGE PARTY is anything but a party. It is a gross, disturbing and vulgar one-joke orgy. Is it funny? Yes. Will you smile? All the time up to a point. Will you laugh out loud? Definitely. But — will you leave the theater saying that it was one of the best movies of the summer? Not a chance.

There will come a time, when you will start to feel a bit uncomfortable watching the first ever R-rated CG-animated film. It is based on a concept by Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill and Evan Goldberg. Slowly, you will begin to understand what this movie is really all about. Laughter and horror are inextricably linked together. Comedy and tragedy are inextricably linked together. Only you will decide on just how philosophical you want to be while watching this film.

The packet of eight hot dogs and eight buns — each wrapped in their own individual package on display in the supermarket — together with all of the other items in the store, begin each new day singing a song dedicated to the “gods” who arrive daily to deliver them to “The Great Beyond”. You think you are watching a Busby Berkely musical. “Man, this is going to be a great movie!” The bagel doesn’t have a clue. Nor does the taco. Only one little glass jar who is returned to the store, has realized the horrible fate that awaits all of them. “You need to know the truth, you need to know your fate” — in between all of the F-bomb language. Working together, after being warned, the search for the truth begins.
There — I just gave away the plot of the movie.

The secret life of supermarket products are happily carted out into the parking lot for what they believe is the promised land. Shortly their slaughter will begin when we humans will chop, boil, stew, cook and eat them. Does that sound funny to you? Spoiler alert: KEEP THE KIDS AT HOME.

You slowly begin to catch on that the underlying theme of this adult cartoon is to seek the truth of our own faith and our own existence. There is no heaven to look forward to.

The film ending sexual orgy only serves to put our ultimate demise into proper focus. Eat, drink and fornicate for tomorrow you will die. By that time, we have had enough. Life itself is one dirty joke. And as you sit and watch the credits roll, you realizd that the joke is on us.

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