“Sausage Party”: Controversial hit

By Carly Gaba

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“Sausage Party,” first ever R-rated computer generated film, was released on Aug. 12 by producers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. Underneath the films raunchy, sex-driven comedy, deep philosophical meanings exist.

“Sausage Party” was written and produced well, with Rogan’s typical style. Labeling “Sausage Party” as a smutty story does not begin to explain the half of it. Do not walk into this movie assuming there is deep character development with an elaborate plot otherwise disappointment waits.

Foods and grocery store items, that look to humans as Gods, live in Shopwell’s supermarket and once chosen they will be taken to “the great beyond.” The catch is that the food does not know its actual purpose.

A chosen food returns and attempts to warn the others, but fails to get his message across. After witnessing horrible events, Frank (Rogan), a hot dog and his girlfriend Brenda (Kristen Wiig), a hot dog bun, make their way through the store during closing hours to find answers.

Douche (Nick Knroll,) a real life douche, is seeking revenge on Frank and Brenda for breaking him. Meanwhile, the rest of the groceries that were chosen discover the truth. All but one are cooked and enjoyed. The lone survivor, a hot dog named Barry (Michael Cera,) communicates with a human thanks to a synthetic drug, and learns they can be eliminated. After uniting Barry and Frank, the two use their insights to overpower and violently kill all the humans, resulting in a giant orgy celebration.

Raunchy is an understatement, especially during the ending when the foods revel in one another. The characters are amusing and the corny puns produce a great laugh. Otherwise, this movie is somewhat cringe worthy.

After a while, the constant cursing becomes stale and over-used. The setting was very disappointing, only staying within the supermarket the majority of the film. The ending produced nothing other than shock. Completely unforgettable it may be, I still found it difficult to watch.

The over emphasized violence is the funniest aspect of the film, and although the humor is exaggerated, weird and over-the-top, this movie tackles some serious topics, mainly touching upon religion and beliefs.

Surprisingly, a message lays hidden beneath the layers of crude humor and mind blowing profanity. However, the filmmakers did not try to force it onto the audience in a straightforward way. It is there for those who are looking for it. Everyone else looking for a good laugh can just enjoy the gross scenes and laugh-out-loud dialogue.

The animation display is not particularly fantastic, but this film is clearly not aiming for anything remotely considered as art in itself.

Grossing $33.6 million in its opening weekend, “Sausage Party” finishes second at the box office. ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ ranks the film at 81 percent, with an average rating of 6.8/10.



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