THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE! (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)
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SAUSAGE PARTY (#41)
We all know that if you are looking for a recent feature film to take in on your home theater system, Netflix is usually NOT the place to look. Oh sure, it’s chock full of excellent TV series, specials and stuff specially made for the streaming service. But just try to find a decent film you haven’t seen. NOPE! So I trolled through and trolled through, almost to prove a point rather than actually find something that fit whatever my criteria was at that given moment. And all I could find was – Sausage Party! Not particularly looking forward to animated wieners yelling out curse words and chasing down sexy buns (not that kind!) for an hour and a half. But a funny thing happened – once you get used to the raunchy dialogue (the opening song is overloaded with filth), Sausage Party is a film that actually has something to say (!)
Seth Rogen (who was one of the driving forces to get this film made) is a sausage named Frank who, like all of the animated foodstuffs and products in this movie, waits for the day when he and his friends can leave the supermarket they live in and go to the Great Beyond, where they imagine life outside those sliding doors to be – well, Heaven. But one jar of Bickle’s Honey Mustard (voiced by Danny McBride) is brought back to be exchanged. He’s SEEN what really happens outside Shopwell’s and tries to warn everyone before committing suicide (leaping from a shopping cart to become a "Clean-Up in Ailse 3") , leading Frank to try and discover the truth! He does, via a recipe book he finds in the store – but no one wants to believe. The kitchen scene where a shopper cuts up, cooks, fries and eats several animated foods is actually a little difficult to watch as you chuckle at the same time. Yep it’s an existential Sausage Party as the characters question their beliefs of a Great Beyond – and eventually every product loses all inhibitions (well, there IS no God, it seems) in the now-infamous food orgy that erupts towards the end of the flick. There’s a sidebar story of Barry (Michael Cera), a deformed hot dog who escaped the Saving Private Ryan-like scene but makes his way back through the streets, meeting up with other tossed-aside foods and one human druggie who shoots up with bath salts with a surprising side effect. Other voices include Kristin Wiig as hot dog bun Brenda (the object of Frank’s affections); Salma Hayek as Teresa the taco; Nick Kroll as an evil douche (did I really just type that?) and Edward Norton as Sammy Bagel Junior doing a spot-on Woody Allen impersonation. I can’t out and out recommend you take this in, but for the adventurous, Sausage Party is filled with ideas, silly and serious humor and of course f-bombs. Who knew?
TLA one-word review: meaty
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