It’s been a while since we’ve had a truly great comedy in theaters. The last great one that I remember was 22 Jump Street. The trailers to Sausage Party made this film look like comedic gold. And while it isn’t as funny as it could be, Sausage Party is still a good time and provides some funny laughs despite being often inconsistent in tone.
The story follows the Sausage Frank whom after learning that the great beyond might be a hoax, tries to convince the rest of the food in supermarket that what they believe isn’t all what it seems.
Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Danny McBride, Salma Hayek, Craig Robinson and Paul Rudd are all absolutely fantastic as the voice cast and they all fit their characters all so, so well. The voice cast is perfect for this movie and the humor is exactly as you’d expect from the individuals. There’s cursing, there’s profanity and there’s violence and racial undertones, and while those don’t mix as well as some of their previous works (This is the end) and some of the cursing kind of gets old after a while. Sure, it’s funny to see a Sausage or a Bun cursing, but when it happens over and over again it starts to loose impact of shock and wit. The laughs sort of disappear in the second half for a bit and while I laughed a lot at times it wasn’t as consistent as I wanted it to be. You’re sort of watching it and waiting for laughs and for something to happen. However, the laughs picks up near the end which single handily saves this movie. The ending has some huge gut busting laughs that just come out off left field that you never would expect although it completely makes sense coming from these guys. The ending is genius and it’s worth the price of admission.
The trailers also market this movie as something that it’s not. When you watch the red band trailer, it’s marketed as this prison break movie where the food must now escape the house. While the scene in the trailer is in this film, most of this movie happens in the supermarket and it would have been a lot funnier if it had been the former and I feel like it was a missed opportunity.
Overall, while Sausage Party isn’t always as consistent as it should be and the cursing and racial undertones sometimes go overboard until it becomes not as funny, however, when the comedy does it’s comedic gold and it will have you on the ground laughing.