‘So there’s some food, right?’
‘And it’s like Toy Story, so they are alive, but humans aren’t aware of it.’
‘Except, and this is the really funny bit, they swear and talk about fucking a lot.’
Smoke fills the air, and they giggle.
I can only assume that that entirely fictional conversation was the birth of Sausage Party the latest project from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It certainly sums up the film rather masterfully, even if I do say so myself. What’s extraordinary is that said idea has apparently taken eight years to get off the shelf and onto our screens. You have to wonder whether they should have bothered.
As brilliant a summary as my fiction was I shall provide some more plot stuff. Otherwise, this review will quickly become indecipherable. At the start of Sausage Party, we meet Frank, (Seth Rogen) a sausage which has lived out his life on the shelves of a chain supermarket. There, he and all his foodie chums pray for the day that the Gods will choose them and take them to the Great Beyond, i.e., they get bought. That is until a pot of mustard is returned to the shelves having had a little trip there and brings with it a story of not delight but rather horror. Those Gods are hungry.
It’s ridiculous. In fact, ridiculous is far too sensible a word to describe this film. It’s loopy, bonkers, nutty, nonsensical and at times outright grotesque. It’s also not that funny.
Because once you get past the mild amusement of seeing cutesy animated food swear and talk about shagging, the jokes over. There is nothing else to it. Even when it seems like it might be about to tackle significant issues (each food group plays up to its cultural stereotypes, and we see a running rivalry between Edward Norton’s Sammy Bagel Jr. and David Krumholtz’s Kareem Abdul Lavash) it bows out and returns to fucking instead.
Said stereotyping has unsurprisingly pissed some watchers off, and there’s no denying that Edward Norton playing Woody Allen playing a bagel and Salma Hayek’s predictably fiery lesbian taco are hardly examples of excellent representation of said cultures. In fact, you’d struggle to find a character in this film which was, right down to the humans in the background. However, getting offended by this film would feel like such a massive waste of time. I mean I won’t spoil it but the last twenty minutes – which is also when it gets closest to tickling the funny bone – are unlike anything I have ever seen before.
Look, there are obviously some that find Sausage Party hilarious. I’m assuming Seth Rogen does. If you are looking for some dumb, sweary comedy that veers away from the important issues it itself brings up, then it might tickle your pickle. However, if you are going in expecting anything more than that, you will be sorely disappointed.