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With: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek (voices)
Written by: Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, based on a story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonah Hill
Directed by: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
MPAA Rating: R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use
Running Time: 89
Date: 08/12/2016

Sausage Party (2016)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Boy Meats World

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This animated comedy is decidedly not for kids; it's rambunctiously filthy in more ways than one. Yet, while it's not exactly hilarious, it's at least consistently amusing and has a positive attitude. Co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sausage Party tells a familiar story, but does it 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).

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 (voiced by 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 (voiced by Edward Norton) and a lavash (voiced by 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 they stand up to the god-like giants who wish them harm?

Oftentimes, the jokes simply rely on an overabundance of foul language and sexual innuendo, but many are surprising and worth a laugh. The incredible voice cast, including "SNL" alums and Oscar nominees, are very lively in their performances, even if their characters are not terribly deep or engaging. The first-class computer animation is swift and colorful, and Alan Menken's music is exhilarating. It's doubtful that it will warrant repeat viewings, but it's a "party" worth attending once.

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