A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sausage Party is a very raunchy animated comedy (from the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express) that's most definitely not for kids. There's constant use of extreme language, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," and tons of other words. Plus, the sexual innuendo/sex talk never stops, and there are pretty graphic sequences of simulated sex acts of all kinds between the food characters (some of whom are even drawn/designed to look suggestively like genitalia). Animated violence includes gory images of humans "murdering" food, guns and knives, and aggressive, argumentative characters. Food characters smoke pot and get high, and a human character shoots up bath salts (with a spoon and needle) and hallucinates. Although the movie encourages characters to think and act for themselves, that comes at the expense of faith. And while different cultures are encouraged to work together, the film simultaneously ridicules and/or stereotypes most of those cultures.
What's the story?
In SAUSAGE PARTY, Frank (voiced by Seth Rogen) is a supermarket sausage who looks forward to the day that he and his package pals will be chosen by the gods (i.e. humans) and taken to the Great Beyond, alongside his bun girlfriend, Brenda (Kristen Wiig). Unfortunately, a jar of honey mustard is returned to the store with tales of what really happens on the outside. In the ensuing chaos, Frank, Brenda, a bagel named Sammy (Edward Norton) and a lavash (David Krumholtz) are left stranded across the store. Making their way back to their own shelves, Frank makes a startling discovery: The honey mustard was right. Can the food friends stand up to the god-like giants who wish them harm?
Is it any good?
This animated comedy is decidedly not for kids; it's rambunctiously filthy in more ways than one. And while it's not exactly hilarious, it's at least consistently amusing and has a positive attitude. Co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sausage Party tells a familiar story, but it does so by using every kind of food joke imaginable, from creative to groan-worthy (as well as jokes about other supermarket items ranging from feminine hygiene products to bathroom tissue).
Often, the jokes simply rely on an overabundance of foul language and sexual innuendo, but many are surprising and worth a laugh. The comedy all-star voice actors are very lively in their performances, even if their characters aren't terribly deep or engaging. The first-class computer animation is swift and colorful, and Alan Menken's music is exhilarating. It's doubtful that this is a movie that will warrant repeat viewings, but it's a "party" worth attending once.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Sausage Party's sexual content. What role does sex play in the movie? How does the movie's comedic tone affect the impact of the scenes involving sex and nudity? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
How violent is the movie? How much gore is shown? What effect does it have? Is it funny? Shocking? Why do you think animated violence often makes us laugh, when the same thing happening in real life would be terrifying?
Frank wants to encourage the food characters to take charge of their lives, while also giving up their faith in the "Great Beyond." Do you see that as a good thing, a bad thing, or a mix of both? Why?
The movie seems to encourage different cultures to work together, yet it also ridicules and stereotypes every culture under the sun. Is that hypocritical?
- In theaters: August 12, 2016
- On DVD or streaming: November 8, 2016
- Cast: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton
- Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
- Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 83 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use
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