Seth Rogen is a sausage named frank whom has been waiting all his life to enter the great beyond and be chosen by one of the gods (humans) with the bun he has fallen in love with named Brenda (Kristen Wiig). However when some Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) gets returned to the store he tells stories of how the gods a really evil and just want to eat food, his hysteria eventually leads to Frank, Brenda, A Bagel (Edward Norton) and a Lavash (David Krumholtz) falling from the shopping cart. Can they find out the truth about the gods and return to their aisle before they expire?
First of all if you’ve heard that “Sausage Party is like a sick twisted take on Toy Story” it’s complete nonsense. For that to be true there would have to be a shred of credibility to the premise and it would have to be thought through thoroughly and intelligently enough to be credible, Sausage Party is nowhere near either of these things. At no point in my life have I ever thought to myself “what if this piece of dead pig was really alive” and I will never think that. Whereas one constantly wonders if their toys really move around while they aren’t watching. And Sausage Party contains way too many strange details that rather undermine the already wobbly premise – such as a single slice of pizza supposedly having legs and its own face. Now when you think about this it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, A Pizza comes as one whole so how can each individual slice have a face and legs, not to mention that a Pizza is literally just a combination of other items that are already sentient in this film. Now it is entirely possibly (and quite likely) that the writers honestly did not care about making sense and just wanted to make a funny film. Of course a lacking in world building cohesion does prevent the film from becoming anything more than a funny couple of sketches.
So the real Question is – Is it funny?
Um, not really.
Sausage Party suffers from assuming that its audiences will find the image of something animated saying rude words inherently funny, and so didn’t really bother to write any jokes above weak food name pun level. A pot of German Mustard saying “exterminate the juice” is about as high-brow as the film gets. And if I’m honest it took me a good 60 minutes to actually laugh which isn’t really what you want from a comedy. Having said that I did think that the final 15 minutes of the film in which is just goes a little bit mental was pretty funny. It’s just a shame that the rest of the movie is so pedestrian.
The voice performances are all decent with the standouts being Nick Kroll and the frat boy antagonist Douche, Edward Norton doing an amusingly hammy Woody Allen impression as the Bagel and the ever-wonderful Salma Hayek as a Taco. Elsewhere Michael Cera, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig deliver. But really the movie is hampered by having the quite remarkably uninteresting Seth Rogen as its lead. All things considered I’m getting fairly tired of watching movies that have any involvement with Seth Rogen.
Overall, Sausage Party just isn’t funny enough. The final third does partially redeem the lacklustre nature of the first hour and a bit but it isn’t enough to save Sausage Party from being another disappointing Seth Rogen comedy. In many ways it reminded me of The Interview (though it isn’t that bad) in the way that there was so much controversy surrounding the film and in the end it was just a bit dull really.