“Sausage Party” (Columbia)
By Catholic News Service
Animated food items push an atheist agenda and glorify the basest forms of carnality in this disgusting spitball of a comedy from directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan.
The inhabitants of a suburban supermarket — most prominently a sausage (voice of Seth Rogen) and his girlfriend, a bun (voice of Kristen Wiig) — believe that a joyful existence awaits them in “the Great Beyond” once human shoppers, whom they worship as gods, choose them from the shelves and take them home. But when a returned jar of honey mustard (voiced by Danny McBride) reveals how people actually treat their edibles, it launches the sausage on a quest for the truth.
An insult to believers of every stripe, this libido idolizing film, whose cast also includes Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Salma Hayek, portrays all religion as a con job that leads to violent divisiveness and sexual repression. Thus the eventual overthrow of the store’s prevailing mythology is celebrated by a mass orgy that’s supposed to count as a happy ending.
Pervasive blasphemy, a debased view of human sexuality, including a frivolous attitude toward perverse acts, graphic obscene images, benignly viewed drug use, about a half-dozen instances of profanity, relentless rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.