‘Sausage Party’ and ‘Suicide Squad’

By on August 17, 2016

Not exactly a laugh a minute…

With a cast of voices including Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton, and Kristen Wiig, I figured the adult-themed, animated flick “Sausage Party” was a sure hit. Well, it did well at the box office…

“Sausage Party” is the story of a lone hot dog named — wait for it — Frank. Of course! Frank finds himself on a mission to inform his fellow foods the afterlife they’ve grown to appreciate and hope for, outside of the grocery store, is not all it’s cracked up to be. His toughest opponent turns out to be his betrothed bun, Brenda (Wiig), who exemplifies a diehard Christian believer in this flick that pokes a lot of fun at many religions and cultures. There’s a Jewish bagel (Norton), and a Muslim lavash (David Krumholtz, TV’s “The Good Wife”). During a shopping cart catastrophe, Frank and Brenda become separated from their packages and join up with the bagel and lavash to try and make it back to their appropriate aisles. Along the way, they get help from Teresa the taco (Hayek) who eventually gets the hots for Brenda. Heading out of the Mexican section, the team avoids the ‘roid-raged Douche (Nick Kroll, “Vacation”) who is bent on revenge; he blames Frank and Brenda for his bent applicator tip.

Frankly, (pun intended) “Sausage Party” just seemed like an excuse to get a whole lot of great, comedic actors to swear a lot. The F-bomb is dropped frequently in the first 20 minutes of the movie. This is definitely an R-rated movie. The final five minutes is food pornography. I’m not uptight, but this movie just didn’t do it for me. There are a lot of funny moments, but I think it could have played to more of an intelligent audience than it did. “Sausage Party” is definitely one of those movies you should wait for its release on DVD.

According to reviewer Michael Upton, “Sausage Party” relies heavily on F-bombs, adult humor, and sexual innuendo (and not-so-inuuendo). “I’m not uptight, but this movie just didn’t do it for me,” said Upton.

According to reviewer Michael Upton, “Sausage Party” relies heavily on F-bombs, adult humor, and sexual innuendo (and not-so-inuuendo). “I’m not uptight, but this movie just didn’t do it for me,” said Upton. He recommends waiting for it to come out on DVD.

Also in theaters: ‘Suicide Squad’

As well as “Sausage Party” did over the weekend (number two with $33 million), it wasn’t enough to knock “Suicide Squad” out of the number one position. The DC Comics tale racked in another $43 million over the weekend, showing filmmakers moviegoers will go see anything superhero related. (Where’s the Wonder Woman movie?)

Marvel rules the superhero franchise movies. DC has had its fair share of failures — with the exception of Batman — so I wasn’t expecting much from “Suicide Squad.” My expectations were met.

The Suicide Squad is Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie, “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Boomerang (Jai Courtney, “Divergent”), Diablo (Jay Hernandez, “Hostel”), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”). This group of super criminals is bonded by government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis, “The Help”), who can kill each individual with a click of an app if they do not do her bidding. The team is tasked with taking down the next big threat to civilization, the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne, “Paper Towns”). The Joker (Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”), Batman (Ben Affleck), and The Flash (Ezra Miller, “Trainwreck”) also get in the mix.

If I would have expected more from a DC movie I would have been disappointed by “Suicide Squad.” I didn’t expect much, so this lackluster look at all things evil in the DC universe simply fulfilled my low expectations.

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