Movie Review #175 SAUSAGE PARTY.
OK, I thought long and hard whether to do a review on this but for fear of being labelled prude by a certain offspring, I've decided to chance it. I should have done a bit of homework first but....I didn't and assumed this was the latest CGI animation effort from the Pixar or Dreamworks production line. After all we've had CGI renderings around toys, prehistoric animals, monsters under the bed, super heroes, ogres & race cars so this take based on the lives of Fast Moving Consumer Packaged Goods (FMCPG) on the supermarket shelf seemed like an amusingly original concept. And in some ways it is plus has some really good digs at politics, race, religion, the movie industry, nationalism, academia, foreigners & Stephen Hawking amongst others but that's where the amusement kinda halts.
Problem for me is it's interlaced with every second word as one that would make the angels cry and is underpinned with overly generous lashings of sexual innuendo to the point where it really must be considered adult rated and certainly not for kids (think Toy Story meets South Park). Frank, voiced by Seth Rogan, is a frankfurter sharing a pack with seven others next to Brenda, a bread roll sharing a similar pack on a shelf in Shopwells (surely a pinch from the drive-in movie scene from Grease?). Along with everyone else, they look forward to life in the Great Beyond, a heaven-like existence that starts once purchased & taken home by one of the gods i.e. a supermarket customer.
Through a series of mishaps they discover that the GB might not be all it's cracked up to be and end up being split up and spread across various parts of the retail floor, encountering an array of interesting perishables and non-perishables whilst endeavouring to discover and subsequently reveal the truth about the GB. Adventure journey ensues that culminates in a mass orgy at the conclusion at which everyone feels good and does it with rapturous abandon that would make Sodom & Gomorrah look like a Sunday afternoon picnic.
Have rated this leaving the language and innuendo on the shelf so it's a 6.5/10, otherwise it might have been a negative score.
Bonus fact: did you know innuendo is Italian for suppository?
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.