• by Wes Singleton

Sausage Party, C

Rated R, 88 minutes

The raunchy new animated comedy "Sausage Party" proves a couple of things: first, that if food really has feelings, it can be as dumb as humans, and second, that you can make a movie about just anything and people will buy tickets to it. On that note, the idea of talking food may seem cute, but this isn't "Finding Dory" and this is not in any way suitable for young kids. With a fun premise, a few good laughs and a good first act, "Sausage Party," from the same group that brought you "This is the End" and "The Interview" falls apart in the end under a load of stale stupidity. Life is good for all the food items that occupy the shelves at the local supermarket. Frank (Seth Rogen) the sausage, Brenda (Kristen Wiig) the hot dog bun, Teresa Del Taco (Salma Hayek) and Sammy Bagel Jr. (Edward Norton) can't wait to go home with a happy customer. Soon, their world comes crashing down as poor Frank learns the horrifying truth that he will eventually become a meal. After warning his pals about their similar fate, the panicked perishables devise a plan to escape from their human enemies. "Sausage Party" is directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the director of the animated hit "Monsters vs. Aliens," and is co-written by Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, the low-brow "Sausage Party" is fun enough to please those who enjoy dirty cartoons like this, and on some levels it works fine if you don't think about it too much, but it also seems a rather desperate attempt to come up with something novel, when the idea of talking food has been around for years (that old trailer with dancing hot dog and bun comes to mind encouraging you to buy concessions). To its credit, there are a few genuinely funny moments, most of which come in the first act, with Peanut Butter losing his wife Jelly and an ear of corn with a beautiful voice - and "Sausage Party's" most memorable moment has the singer Mealoaf, as a meatloaf, singing his iconic hit "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." Then, it goes downhill pretty quickly, becoming exceedingly contradictory as Rogen's Frank gives a big speech about respecting others beliefs, then encourages them to kill the humans (i.e. "the gods"), followed by its most controversial scene, that of food wildly copulating, which isn't near as funny as you might think. With all the double entendres, it also seems rather redundant, not to mention the film's chief bro-tastic villain (voiced with glee by comedian Nick Kroll), is literally a douche, who'll do anything to stay alive. It should come as no surprise given Rogen's other silly efforts with this Frat Pack (Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco etc) and "Sausage Party" only continues and revels in the immaturity. Fun for a moment or two, I wanted to like it much more, but food this dumb (and horny) will only come back to haunt you later.

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