Sausage Party | Seth Rogen and chums' feast of filth isn't very yummy

Sausage Party Kristen Wiig Seth Rogen Edward Norton David Krumholtz
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Sausage Party Kristen Wiig Seth Rogen Edward Norton David Krumholtz

Seth Rogen and chums have a ball with Sausage Party, a rude and raunchy animated comedy set in the aisles of a supermarket filled with sex-mad talking food products.

How much fun you have will depend on your tolerance for a diet of non-stop swearing and filthy innuendo. The voice cast don't just rain down f-bombs. They lob in a good few c-grenades for good measure, too.

The premise here is that the supermarket groceries blithely worship 'the gods' - the shoppers, that is - who will take them to a life of bliss in 'the Great Beyond'. Then Rogen's horny hot dog sausage, eager to get it on with Kristen Wiig's curvaceous bun, learns the horrifying truth of the fate that actually awaits them.

"Taboo-busting, close-to-the-knuckle satire"

Along the way, the film serves up some taboo-busting, close-to-the-knuckle satire on religion and ethnic strife. So the Israeli/Palestinian conflict gets played out between a neurotic Jewish bagel who sounds just like Woody Allen (Edward Norton) and a bellicose Arab flatbread (David Krumholtz). And the Nazi sauerkraut wants to exterminate ‘the juice’. But the film’s relentless desire to shock becomes wearying, as does the ostentatious puerility of many of the gags. The stoner humour may give some viewers the munchies. Not me.

Certificate 15. Runtime 85 mins. Directors Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Sausage Party debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Saturday 29 April. Available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download from Sony Pictures.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.