What do Seth Rogan, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, and James Franco all have in common (besides being funnier than the average human being)? Oh yeah, that’s right. They’re all voicing characters in the first food-centered adult cartoon movie to ever hit the theaters. What’s the name of this soon-to-be-box-office-hit, you ask? Sausage Party.
This film, which premiered in its rough-cut entirety at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival last week, centers around a sausage named Frank and his buddies. Frank, voiced by Rogan, longs to be with his girlfriend, a bun, voiced by Wiig. Their excitement of finally being picked by a human to go home together suddenly faces a harsh reality when they realize that “going home” with a customer means being cooked and eaten. Self-actualization and forbidden love at its finest, amirite? Take a look at the trailer below (warning: NSFW).
As you could probably tell from the trailer, the movie is nothing short of inappropriate. I would not recommend going to see this if you are easily offended by colorful language, sexual puns (and buns), and racial stereotypes. Characters include an Irish potato, a Native American bottle of firewater who has beef with the “crackers,” and a Mexican taco. Let’s not forget about the main character, a sexual sausage, either.
Rogan, also a screenwriter for the raunchy animation, has expressed numerous times that the movie shown at the festival is still a work-in-progress (one that has been eight years in the making, believe it or not). But, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the trailer and jokes are literal gold. I mean, c’mon guys. The movie’s villain is a douche. Not just metaphorically either; it is an actual feminine hygiene product. It’s ingenious.
According to the LA Times, when asked about the inspiration behind the movie, the answer was simple: “people kind of like to project emotions onto the things around them… So we thought, what would it be like if our food had feelings. And we quickly realized, that would be f*cked up.” It’s like the adult version of playing with your food.
The movie, while raved about, has also been facing a lot of scrutiny. Many critics say that it has little to no substance, and a review on Coming Soon went so far as to claim that “these [rape-y and douche-y] elements take up a lot more of the film’s running time and make the shockingly-funny elements forgettable.” To be completely fair, though, what did you expect? It’s an R-rated film about talking food starring some of the most hilarious and wildly inappropriate actors in Hollywood. Rogan probably wrote it completely stoned.
Despite what everyone says, I personally can’t wait to go make a judgement of my own. If you liked Superbad, Pineapple Express, Bad Neighbors, and Salad Fingers (yeah, there’s some dark twists in there), then you’ll absolutely die at this moronic comedy coming to theaters at the end of the summer.
Eggs, bacon, grits, sausage (party). I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see this movie.