Movie Review – Sausage Party

Worst. Movie. This. Year.


Josip Knezevic

I’m not going to sugar coat it – Sausage Party is the worst movie this year. I didn’t think anything could top Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, but here we are with an obscene, crude and truly unfunny affair that should never have existed in the first place.

Seth Rogen voices Frank, a hot dog who lives in a supermarket chain amongst a whole community of grocery items. The dream of each individual here is to be chosen by the customers that enter – or the “gods”, as they are referred to – in order to be taken out into the great beyond to live in happiness for eternity. Soon Frank and his large array of friends, which include Kristen Wiig as Brenda the hot dog bun and Danny McBride as Honey Mustard, find out the dark truth that not all is what it seems out in the great beyond. Together they must form a plan to inform the community and prevent all from their impending doom.

Not the worst idea for a film ever, and indeed the stage was set for some clever chances at making commentary on society whilst rolling out an array of supermarket related jokes. Unfortunately, directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon choose to focus purely on sex jokes and racist humour, and not once is it executed in a way that is smart, or unique, or even funny. To be clear – I’m not suggesting that I have a certain disdain for this type of humour, and that all forms of fun have to be politically correct. What I am not a fan of is the director’s mindset of, “Oh, we went there, and we’re going to keep going there because nothing is off limits now”.

Within the first 10 minutes of the film, a few walked out of the cinema, and it wasn’t long before more joined them. What followed was one of the most unnecessarily grotesque forms of animation I’ve ever seen. It just wasn’t funny. The sex scene in Team America: World Police is equally crude, but it works within the overall tone of the film, whereas here it seems like someone tried to make far too many cracks about sausages and buns while stoned. I urge you to see something else. I feel like I’ve been Punk’d and his is just one big joke… I hope.

Sausage Party is available in Australian cinemas from August 11

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures

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