So is there anything after this life? What happens after we die? Is there a heaven or hell? If you think I’m gonna suggest the Bible or Koran or the Gita for an answer to these questions, think again. Guess who’s got the answer? SAUSAGE PARTY, of course! I mean, why look to those other holy books when we have solid down home wisdom right here in our beautiful movie theaters? Plus, there’s the added benefit of being thoroughly entertained while learning these truths, and there’s no King’s English to wade through. So let’s see what our homegrown holy book reveals this weekend. One thing’s for sure: you’ll never look at your groceries the same way again.
My personal Seth Rogan fave is THE INTERVIEW, partly because of the massive waves it created in Hollywood’s psyche. There’s also PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, SUPERBAD and THIS IS THE END—but he may have topped all these with this stunning CGI-animated achievement, which also credits Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir.
In this extremely adult flick, groceries live on the shelves of Shopwell’s in the hopes of being transported by benevolent humans into the highly vaunted ‘Great Beyond.’ Hot dog Frank (Seth Rogan) also enjoys the idea of being able to finally ‘get together’ with a sexy bun named Brenda (Kristen Wiig) during said journey. Among their neighbors is a Jewish bagel named Sammy (Edward Norton, in a Woody Allen impression) who’s always at odds with Arabian flatbread Lavash (David Krumholtz), mostly over turf; a sausage (Michael Cera) who’s always wondering whether girth or length is more important; a spicy taco (Salma Hayak) who loves luring customers down her aisle; and other groceries spouting wonderfully raunchy jokes based on politics and religion. Trust me on this—raunchy is an understatement. The villain: a douche (literally; voiced by Nick Kroll) out for some revenge. One day, the honey mustard (Danny McBride) freaks out, and, next thing you know, Frank and Brenda are discovering the horrifying reality awaiting them in the Great Beyond.
Let me warn you again: the humor presented here may offend some. The drug and sex jokes are (delightfully) out of control, so much that the F word is the least of the issue. Absolutely nothing is sacred to Rogan and Goldberg… but faith itself. It’s fascinating: hidden between the lines of a racy animated script are answers to some of mankind’s darkest existential questions. If that sounds like b.s. to you, watch the flick. It’ll make perfect sense. Here’s the trailer:
That’s the best of the best for this coming weekend. Tweet me, tell me what you thought of Rogan’s turn in the Pixar sandbox! …and whatever else you feel like 🙂