It comes as a big surprise, or perhaps no surprise at all, that the year’s most relevant theological discussion is through an R-Rated animated comedy about food. As with many of Seth Rogen’s movies, the frequent profanity and crass sexual innuendos are distractions from just how brilliant the story is. Indeed, the film is a shockingly effective breakdown of societal religion with a message of tolerance and inclusiveness, and through the usage of colorful metaphors it’s conveyed in a raunchy, hilarious manner that is as irreverent as it is impactful.
In the world of the supermarket, all the food items are excited to learn what lies in “the great beyond”, where they’re are chosen by humans. Frank (Seth Rogen), a sausage is dismayed when he hears a startling message from Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) about “the great beyond”, and following an accident Frank is abandoned by his package. With many mysteries ahead of him, Frank journeys across the supermarket, meeting a variety of unique characters, to find out the truth.
The voice work here is particularly strong, with Rogen and crew relishing in the unique nature of their characters. Indeed much of the film’s comedy is crass, but there’s also a lot of clever, intelligent comedy, from puns to cultural stereotypes. The animation itself is also quite impressive, giving off a style that is reminiscent of Pixar films, yet distinctly stylized.
This year has had many funny movies, but Sausage Party stands above the rest because it’s actually about something, and it’s message is more in depth than most films can achieve. Yet, the film isn’t preachy, and it’s raunchiness definitely carves out a unique audience, but it’s the films unique mythology that establishes it as a classic. It’s a smart, hilarious, and surprisingly insightful film with the year’s most intelligent discussions of higher power, as well as its craziest comedic finale. Grade: B+