*. Wow. I have to begin by saying that I was really looking forward to this one. I have nothing against crude, juvenile humour. That’s what I heard Sausage Party was full of, and it’s what I was in the mood for. I was ready to laugh.
*. I didn’t find anything offensive about Sausage Party. On the other hand, I didn’t find anything funny about it either. For what it’s worth, the only times I even cracked a smile were in response to a couple of the more crude and tasteless moments: the Douche sucking off the Juice Box and the revelation of Gum as a pink Stephen Hawking blob in a wheelchair. The climactic orgy, which I think was supposed to be offensive, didn’t do anything for me.
*. If a movie like this isn’t offensive or shocking though, it really isn’t working at all. There are no funny jokes, visual or otherwise. There’s a lot of swearing and attempts at ethnic humour, but what’s funny about the jive-talkin’ Mr. Grits? The fact that he doesn’t like Crackers? Or Chief Firewater? The fact that he likes to get baked? Or Teresa del Taco? The fact that she’s a lesbian? Not only is there nothing funny here, I don’t even know what was supposed to be funny.
*. I’d like to leave off saying anything more here, but I think I have to address the film’s critical reception. This was, on average, very positive. More positive, in fact, than audience reviews. What does it mean when a movie of this nature does better with critics than it does with audiences?
*. I think what it means is that critics have just given up on saying anything bad about a movie that they figured was critic-proof anyway. To say it was no good would just be to expose themselves as hopelessly out of touch, humourless prudes. A professional film reviewer could lose his job for something like that.
*. So, according to the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the critical consensus is that “Sausage Party is definitely offensive, but backs up its enthusiastic profanity with an impressively high laugh-to-gag ratio – and a surprisingly thought-provoking storyline.”
*. As I’ve said, I didn’t think there were any laughs, and I’m not even sure what the gags were supposed to be. But just look at that last part. A “surprisingly thought-provoking storyline.”
*. One wonders at just how low the bar has now been set. What did anyone find thought-provoking about this? The idea that God might not exist, or was cruel? That we need to embrace difference? That Jews and Arabs can get along in the Middle East if they just come out as gay? Again, I want to emphasize that I don’t find any of this offensive or shocking. Not a bit. But thought-provoking? I can’t begin to imagine the mental swamp someone must have spent their entire life in to have found Sausage Party thought-provoking. There isn’t even a vegetarian message since all the veggies (and indeed inanimate objects as well) are just as sentient as the wieners. I’m at a total loss to explain this.
*. I don’t think I’ll even try. Or bother saying anything more.