“Sausage Party”: Raunchy, Unforgettable, but Well Thought Out



Cassandra Lieu

Whoever claims that animated movies are only for children certainly has never seen “Sausage Party.” Greg Tierman’s movie tells the story of one sausage’s journey to discover the truth about his existence and the ‘gods’ of his grocery store. However, it is not the plotline that has garnered attention for this movie. Rather, the shamelessly sexist and racist jokes, the graphic violence and the infamous food orgy that have caught the public’s attention. Whether the reaction is disgust, scorn, fear, astonishment or even curiosity, one cannot deny “Sausage Party” is an unforgettable movie. Having seen the movie myself, I can say that despite the explicit moments, “Sausage Party” is a well-thought out film with a decent storyline, well-distinguished characters and humorous dialogue.

The film begins with a peppy opening song that introduces the main characters, including Frank the Sausage and his girlfriend, Brenda Bunson. This couple is one of many foods looking to be chosen by the ‘gods.’ However, just as the couple’s package is chosen, one honey mustard jar, which has returned from the Great Beyond, warns them of their impending doom. His death sets off Frank’s quest for the truth as he roams through the colorful world of the grocery store along with his new friends.

The plotline is decent, resembling one of a Disney film, but the characters are truly where the humor kicks in. Each of Frank’s companions embodies a stereotype. While these stereotypes are certainly offensive, the humor and jokes surrounding them sit on the line between raunchy and downright offensive. Furthermore, the movie itself is a parody as the concept of the movie is ridiculous, so the humor becomes the kind that is ‘so-offensive-it’s-hilarious’.

While “Sausage Party” can be an endless source of laughs, no movie can be without a theme of some sort. If one thinks hard enough about the plot and about who the characters represent, the viewer may realize “Sausage Party” is also a social commentary. It could even be considered a mockery of society and its issues. For example, the bagel and the lavash, a thin unleavened flatbread, are respectively Jewish and Pakistani. While they are constantly bickering at the beginning, this begins to change throughout the movie.

One cannot exclude the promiscuous elements of the film. Much like the characters,  plot and key plot items, the sexual elements of the film also serve as commentary on society. Since the ‘gods’ of the food’s world forbid the act of making love, Brenda and Frank have never consummated their love. In fact, most of the characters seem to be restraining their sexual desires because of the rules of the “gods.” Putting these two pieces of information together, the explicit sex in the film becomes commentary on how society as a whole views reproduction.

Overall, “Sausage Party,” despite all of the offensive jokes, explicit violence and sex and excessive swearing, is a surprisingly well-made movie. The advertising may have emphasized those four elements listed above, but the plotline was easy to follow and there was clear character development. This is not the movie to watch with children, but it would definitely take a spot on the list of unforgettable films. It is most certainly one of the raunchiest films shown in 2016.

And the best, and perhaps the most terrifying, part about the movie? There may be a sequel.