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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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The Guilt Trip

by on Jan.18, 2013, under Movie Reviews

This is not normally the type of film I would go to see on the big screen but would rather catch later on TV. But, as a Christmas present to my mother, I ended up going to see The Guilt Trip.

It was cool to see Barbara Streisand in a film that wasn’t one of the Focker installments, this one is more akin to her more comedic but dramatic performances. She is what makes the film fun to watch, but let me put the story in place briefly first…

Inventor Andy Brewster (played by Seth Rogan) is set to make a road trip to try to sell his cleaning product and reunite his mother with a former love. Along the way, the two bond and fight as family does with some adventure and tension along the way. It’s definitely a feel good, family vibe for this film with few surprises but a satisfying experience nonetheless.

The film did ok but not great theatrically speaking, I was curious why but the complaint seemed to be about Seth Rogan. I can see why, this is something he did in The Green Hornet that I think cost him viewers. He tries too hard when he’s playing someone who is kind of an asshole but who should be likable at the end. Unfortunately when he overdoes it he comes off unlikable, even at the end. By the time we reached the end, I didn’t care about him, I was just happy for his mother who’s performance and character saves the film.

This one is about the characters and watching a good actress do her thing. Rogan needs to pay more attention to his co-stars, it might help tone down his assholeness (is that a word?).

I wouldn’t recommend it on the big screen, I’d recommend watching it on Netfilx with your Mom on Mother’s day.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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