15 – 88mins – 2016
Ten minutes in to this Point Grey Pictures anthropomorphised-foodstuffs-make-crude-jokes-and-swear-lots CG ‘toon for those old enough to know better, I feared the (not so) cute concept would become very tired very quickly – particularly when devoid of the deliberate hoodwink of the jaw dropping Pixar-parodying trailer.
Thankfully, some philosophising by hot dog Frank (Seth The Night Before Rogen), glamour bun Brenda (Kristen Ghostbusters Wiig) and their miscellaneous tasty pals about what lies beyond “The Great Beyond” of supermarket branch Shopwell’s sliding doors saves Sausage Party from premature sex joke tedium. Mix this in with some witty brand-based wordplay, some ingenious characters (Sammy Bagel Jr., Meat Loaf, Gum) and some spot-on stabs at cultural and political prejudice and you have the makings of a cult classic.
Frustratingly – but predictably – the questing perishables’ mission to alert the naïve store stock to the true horror that is death-by-eating is resolved by weed (what else from stoner activists Rogen and bestie/writer/producer Evan Goldberg?!), but aside from this sad eventuality and the unfortunate issue of main antagonist Douche (a feminine hygiene product) not having crossed into British terminology (I seriously spent half the film not having a clue what he was supposed to be!), this is uproarious – if distastefully divisive – good fun.
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