BY THE COMMANDER
2 (out of 4 stars)
There are stupid movies and then there are really stupid movies. It's difficult to figure out which movies that fall into this category get top billing since there are so many of them. However, when it comes to animation or Supermarionation, the field becomes limited.
One of my favorites was the 2004 Team America: World Police. It was loosely based on the 1960 British TV show, Thunderbirds, in which marionettes (puppet on strings) played all of the characters.
Team America, created by South Park writers, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, emulated the same format, using marionettes to create the same premise, but instead of disaster rescues, they policed the world from Terrorists and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) while making fun of everything in society. Nothing was off-limits. One of the highlights of the show was a wild sex scene between heterosexual marionettes. The film earned an R rating because of the scene.
Now, the writing team behind Superbad, This Is the End and The Interview, have written their own animated movie named Sausage Party. Writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg used the ability of cartoon animation to create a really stupid film. Stealing ideas from other talented writers, the film is in the similar genre as Toy Story (1995), where food comes alive when the humans are out of sight. Since they're ripping off ideas, there is a sex scene, but they upped their game and made it a wild food orgy.
The plot of this film is simple. In the grocery store, all the food items are of the belief that when they leave the store they are going to heaven and beyond—but we all know different. They're going to be eaten by monsters (humans), and that will be the end of their existence. There's a romance between the lead character, Frank (Seth Rogen), a hotdog, and Brenda (Kristin Wiig), a bun (whatever happened to Furter? It’s like Sears without Roebuck). They can't wait until they can exit their packages and co-mingle with each other (hint hint)! But as luck would have it, a returned mustard jar (Danny McBride) tells everyone about the dangers of the outside world, and the group is paralyzed in fear, leading to a zany escapade of survival, domination, retribution and sex.
Rogen & Goldberg try to emulate Team America by making fun of people, religion, countries etc., but it just doesn't work. Edward Norton does a voice impression of Woody Allen as he plays Sammy the Bagel, which is cute, but there's not enough of these improvisations throughout the movie.
The only redeeming scene in this film was the sex orgy, heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, you name it, they did it. Other than that, I found myself bored watching the same shtick over and over and over again.
This film would have been much better as a short, focusing solely on this food sex orgy instead of trying to expand it into a feature film, ripping off so many other original ideas from other writers. The film is totally designed for Rogen's core of fans and deserves an 'i' rating for immature audiences.