Sausage Party (R)

To say that Seth Rogan’s Sausage Party might offend you based on your level of cultural sensitivity is an understatement.  I consider myself fortunate to be a person of little “sensitivity,” in that it is almost impossible for me to be offended by much.  Swearing, jokes about Blacks (the box of grits), Jews (the bagel), Arabs (the lavash), Native Americans (the vodka or “fire water”), homosexuals, the disabled (this really brought tears to my eyes it was so funny to me – although it seemed so very wrong!), Asians, Germans, Irish, Jamaicans, religion (overall), are all included.  Penis jokes, innuendo, and images (as you would expect in a movie where a hotdog is the star) abound.  And there was much foul language thrown about.  If this is not your type of humor, Sausage Party is not the movie for you.

I won’t say much about it, but the movie manages to touch on relevant themes of the day in the course of all its debauchery. You wouldn’t think that an adult comedic cartoon would be so deep, and it isn’t, because it is presented in this ridiculously light hearted manner that makes you laugh.  But as you are laughing, you will also be thinking about what is going on in front of you, how you feel about it, and perhaps why you find it funny.  At least I was.  That’s what makes this movie worth seeing – if only once.  But go forward with the knowledge that once you see it, you cannot “unsee” it; so proceed at your own risk.

I am a huge fan of inappropriate adult themed cartoons including but not limited to South Park, The Boondocks, American Dad and Archer.  The more offensive, the better in my book.  The key is that the cartoon can’t just be offensive to be humorous.  It must also be clever, and Sausage Party is just that.  Because they are cartoons, the writers can get away with things that would never air if live humans were to do or say them.  To use food as the vehicle to deliver the jokes removes us even further from the obscenity of it all and this is the reason Sausage Party, unlike the aforementioned cartoons, is able to get away with such explicit sexual content.  Obscene and absurd and funny as heck, you almost feel bad for laughing, but at times you must.   You will be appalled, disgusted, mesmerized and shocked all at once – sort of like seeing a John Waters flick.  And similarly to many a Water’s flick, at times it tried harder than it had to.

I recall going to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway with my daughter and laughing at the jokes, but laughing more hysterically at the people in the audience who found some of the material so uncomfortably offensive yet funny at the same time they were confused as to whether they SHOULD be laughing, or not. That is what Sausage Party is like.

Sausage Party, while not for everyone, earned 8.0 bloops for its originality and subject matter. It set itself apart from the offensive cartoons of television with its “sexually explicit” content – which I am still unable to process thoroughly enough to say whether that was a good thing, or not.  It was well thought out and the length of it was pretty spot on (I couldn’t have watched for much longer.  I was exhausted afterward!).  If this is your type of humor, you’ll enjoy it; if not, steer clear and don’t let anyone try to talk you into it.  This movie delivers exactly what it promises.

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