Review: Sausage Party Is Pixar On Bath Salts
Title: Sausage Party
Director: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon
Screenwriter: Kyle Hunter(screenplay), Ariel Shaffir(screenplay), Seth Rogen (screenplay and story by), Evan Goldberg(screenplay and story by), and Jonah Hill (story by)
Principal Cast: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, Danny McBride, and Selma Hayek
Summary: A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.
There are certain movies where you know whether they are your thing right away. You can tell by the trailer, the concept or even the title that it is either something you are going to enjoy or you aren’t. Kick-Ass is another example of a movie where you know whether it is your thing or not right away and now Sausage Party. There were quite a few people who didn’t even think this was a real movie when the trailer dropped but here it is; a spoof on the Pixar formula with food.
Sausage Party is so over the top that it is almost elegant, even if the concept is better suited to a short rather than a full feature.
The Pixar method has been going strong for over two decades now so it’s surprising that this seems to be the first time someone has made fun of it. Shrek made fun of the Disney formula but Pixar has yet to have someone come and make fun of it, even in a family friendly way. Sausage Party is as un- family friendly as it gets. The first few words out of the movie are swear words and there are scenes that are so racist or gross that I was flabbergasted at times. I almost had to admit that I was more impressed than offended. It takes a lot of guts to go as far as Sausage Party in this day and age and it pulls zero punches.
There is some real subtle brilliance to this film as well that lingers just close enough to the surface that makes Sausage Party one that you won’t forget. This isn’t a movie out to spoof Pixar but it does so by having a message just like a Pixar movie as well. This is an atheist movie through and through, and between all of the sex jokes and swear words is a movie that questions religion and belief that anyone who has struggled with faith can relate to. The jokes are so extreme that it sometimes brings the movie down a few notches, but the plot that exists within those jokes is interesting.
That plot turns out to be the movies downfall, though, because while it is an interesting concept and executed rather well it also drags the pacing down. Sausage Party is only eighty-nine minutes but I’m not sure it needs to be that long. The movie could have easily cut a few of the jokes out, streamlined the plot and have been an amazing short. The moments where it falls apart are the moments when the movie is trying to have a plot even if the satire is interesting.
Sausage Party could have relied entirely on gross out humor and bad jokes but instead it goes for a very real understanding of what makes Pixar movies so good. There is always love to be found in satire and Sausage Party loves the material it is spoofing. It goes close to the line, though, so be forewarned.