REVIEW: ‘Sausage Party’


With animation films capturing a hefty share of the U.S. box-office take, is there an audience for adult-themed animation content? 

Conner Keesling | Contributing Writer

“Sausage Party” is the animated film that nobody expected this year. Not to mention, it was not anticipated to be as clever as it is. “Sausage Party” is brought to you by the writers of “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express.” Intended to be a parody of Pixar and other highly respected animated films, “Sausage Party” manages to make its mark, despite the fact its content is cruder and vastly different from animation films intended for kids.

The products at Shopwell’s Grocery Store are the focus of this raunchy comedy. Hot dogs, carrots, and many other products found at the grocery store all have the ability to talk to each other. They all dream of going to “The Great Beyond,” which is where they believe they all go when they are bought by human customers and taken to the homes of the people who bought them. Little do they know, their fate is far worse than they imagine.

“Sausage Party” answers the famous question of whether or not there can be animation movies solely for adults. The answer is yes.

The hope is that with the success of the film, the world will be treated to more interesting and clever animation movies for adults. The animation is definitely not the best feature of the film, the writing is. Had “Sausage Party” not possessed its clever screenplay, the movie would have suffered.

An element of the film that has received attention are the racist stereotypes featured. For example, a lavash is Middle Eastern (David Krumholtz), Sammy (Edward Norton) is a Jewish bagel, and Firewater (Bill Hader) is Native American. 

It is important to note that none of the actors who voice these characters are part of the culture group that their character is stereotyped after. Additionally, they are not the only racist stereotypes in “Sausage Party.”

A criticism given of the film is it relies too heavily on these stereotypes, depending on them too much to deliver laughs. When asked about the racist stereotypes, Seth Rogen said that every group was stereotyped.

For instance, characters seen as villains in the film are the snack crackers. “Sausage Party” creates an intriguing conversation when it comes to using racist stereotypes in film for comedic reasons.  

“Sausage Party” enters mature intellectual territory with the film questioning the concept of religion and having its characters go through existential crises. However, the writers decide to destroy the smart foundation they built and be rudimentary and juvenile.

Instead of making a statement on life and the meaning of it, they decide to go the route of: life has no meaning so everyone might as well have all of the sex they want and die.

For a film that was so witty throughout, it was disappointing to receive something that was seemingly so below the writers’ actual intelligence. It felt as if the writers were pandering to the late-night comedy crowd with the food orgy scene.

Regardless of everything previously said, “Sausage Party” is a great movie. The issue is that “Sausage Party” could have been greater if it did not decide to ruin itself within its last twenty minutes.

It is hard to remember what occurred in the minutes beforehand because the end seems to be the only thing that stays with audience when they leave the theater, and that’s a problem. “Sausage Party” had the opportunity to be considered one of the smartest movies of the year, but sabotages itself.

If you like raunchy R-rated comedies, “Sausage Party” is a must see.