“Sausage Party”: The One Party You’d Want to Miss

Alex Halfinger

Let’s be frank, the year of 2016 has been flooded and bashed with blockbuster hits. It was the year of the joker, a forgetful fish, and unfortunately, a raunchy sausage.

"Sausage Party"  Photo by Associate Press
“Sausage Party”
Photo by Associate Press

Sausage Party was the first CGI-animated movie with a R-rating, and should be the last. With a cast of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, and Birdman’s Edward Norton, an audience would gladly think this would be the movie hit of the summer, but their feelings may be a bit relished. Sausage Party delivers an exciting and promising comedy about sausages finding deeper meaning in their packaged life, but sadly, the theater remained silent.

 Frank, the title character voiced by Rogen, is a hopeful sausage who is stocked on the shelf of a supermarket and is wedged in plastic with his other sausage friends. Frank mainly converses with Carl, voiced by Hill, and Barry, who is a small and deformed sausage, voiced by Michael Cera.

Conveniently, these sausages are on display with the buns packages, as per 4th of July cravings. Frank, who’s relationship with Brenda the bun (Wiig) is immediately displayed, is dying to be purchased and brought into an “afterlife.” Here’s the kicker: every food item in the supermarket is hoping to be “sacrificed to the gods,” and reach an immortal state upon being rung up and brought home by a customer. After a jar of honey mustard, voiced by the ever-so-charming Danny McBride, is returned to the store, he warns his shelf-mates of the absolute madness us humans inflict upon them.

This, in turn, becomes the central plot, where Frank must discover the reality of the afterlife, and warn the rest of the supermarket. Chopped, boiled, chewed, and swallowed, the sausages revolt against the humans, which musters chaos in the aisles.

 The plot essentially lost me at every which direction. If an overbearing, anxiety-riddled bagel (Norton) was not enough to distract viewers, the middle-eastern flatbread named Lavash was the cherry on top of this stereotyping scenario, who followed Frank and Brenda around the store expecting to find a liquor bottle named “fire water,” depicted as a Native American.

“Fire Water”, voiced by Bill Hader, is the one item in the store that knows the truth about the “great beyond,” and can provide answers to all of Franks’ uninteresting questions. During Frank’s journey in the aisles, there is also a subplot of Frank’s friends Carl and Barry trying to escape the evilness of a hungry human. Oh, and there’s also a motif of bath salts, in case you weren’t already confused.

Salma Hayek, Paul Rudd, and Nick Kroll also star in this nutritional novelty, where their voices provide an over sexualization of everyday pantry items. With directors Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters Vs. Aliens) and Greg Tiernan (Thomas and Friends), there is a glimmer of hope that Sausage Party would prevail as one of those laugh-out-loud comedies; however, the downfall of the script has paid dues to writers Rogen and Superbad’s Evan Goldberg.

If the punchline was not about sex, it was either racially inappropriate, stereotypical, or downright stupid. If you were thinking of taking a bite into seeing this movie in theaters, I highly suggest you save your money and wait for the DVD.

Seth Rogen, stay away from animation and comedy for a while, as well as my nearest supermarket.