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Sausage Party

by on Mar.26, 2017, under Movie Reviews

sausage partySausage Party is not your typical Pixar-inspired feel good animation love fest. No, this one is rated R for very good reasons and is NOT for the family. That aside, the film is as brilliant as it is crude, and believe me, it’s plenty of both…

The story is set mostly in a grocery store, where at night the products of said store come to life and have their own aspirations and adventures. The goal of these items including food, soap, paper towels, basically anything you can buy, is to get picked up by one of the “gods” (humans) and taken away to the promised land beyond the doors of the supermarket to live happily ever after. Only the truth of it is, these poor sundries have no idea that they’re being set up for consumption, a fact that is revealed to them later to great dismay.

The humor in this film is both low-brow and high-brow at the same time. Many cultural references are placed throughout the film, like how bagel and falafel don’t get along so well in the beginning and how this is creating tension between these different types of food. Now, you might not understand what I mean at first, but if you place bagel within the Jewish cultural landscape compared to falafel from the Middle East, you’ll see what I’m getting at. There’s a lot of subtle nods like that permeating the film in a way that I know I’ll have to go back and watch again to pick up on all the references I missed the first time around.

And I will watch this film again as it is super funny and had me laughing nearly throughout the whole thing. The humor is truly brilliant, at moments tongue-in-cheek while at others totally overt and just bashing you over the head with absurdity. A good example is the orgy at the end, which is of course the “climax” if you will, of the film which was so over-the-top ridiculous you can’t help but get lost in it, laughing out loud all the way.

The actors must’ve had a blast making this one; they’re a lot of fun to listen to and watch through their characters. The crazy ass lineup in this one includes Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill (both of which helped to write the film as well), Kristin Wiig, Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Anders Holm, Nick Kroll (who is brilliant as “Douche”), Danny McBride, Paul Rudd, Lauren Miller and believe-it-or-not, Edward Norton.

This movie is a blast to watch, I can’t remember the last time a film that made me laugh so much. Definitely check out Sausage Party, but not with the kids!

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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Zoolander 2

by on Feb.28, 2016, under Movie Reviews

zoolander 2Your favorite dufus model is back, only this time it’s over a decade later and things haven’t panned out so well for Derek Zoolander. He’s lost his wife, his son, his dream for his center for those-that-can’t-read-good is gone and Derek has chosen exile as his way of dealing with the loss. Zoolander is once again recruited for another fashion show and scores an opportunity for redemption to get his son back. Sound serious? Nah. It’s still a Ben Stiller film, don’t worry.

The plot is over the top like it’s predecessor and like any follow up they take things to a higher level. Which is where the film isn’t as strong as the original; the original had more of sense of flair and originality but No. 2 relies more on cheap jokes and repeat gags probably more than it should. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still fun to watch but you might want to wait for this one to hit Netflix.

There’s a ton of recognizable names involved again and they’re all pretty damn funny. The only one that came off contrite was Justin Bieber, which, really doesn’t matter given what happens to him in the opening segment (which alone makes the film worth seeing). The lineup includes Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Justin Theroux, Milla Jovovich, Kristin Wiig, Billy Zane, Benedict Cumberbatch and Christine Taylor along with cameos from Jane Pauley, Katie Couric, Sting, and Christine Amanpour among many well known fashion designers such as Tommy Hilfiger.

Z2 definitely has some laugh-out-loud moments but you don’t get the belly laughs you did on the first ride. Still, it’s worth a viewing if you enjoyed the first one as it’s got the Stiller style who wrote and directed.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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