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Sausage Party (2016)
October 3, 2016, 10:01 pm
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Director(s): Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan
3 Stars
sausage-partyAs with The Interview and This Is the End, the best joke that Sausage Party has to offer is that it was made in the first place. The thought of animators slaving over how to portray an orgy between items in a supermarket is a more inspired image than the lazy food puns that permeate the film—if Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have one consistent strength, it’s the ability to deliver an irresistible logline. Furthermore, it’s encouraging to see Sausage Party deal with headier material than many contemporary comedies of its type. Whereas raunchy comedies marketed to males seem homogenized in the way they discuss rituals of male bonding, Sausage Party‘s fixation is pitting faith against skepticism. The film does an admirable job in balancing this theme along with its inventive food-based gags (the best of which being a chewed piece of gum that is inexplicably a stand-in for Stephen Hawking), but Sausage Party, despite the audacity of the concept, is fairly straight-forward in its telling, not met with a screenplay that consistently hits above the par expected of the team. The voice cast is an embarrassment of riches, but there isn’t a single memorable laugh outside of the outrageous finale.

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