HEAD COPY EDITOR
An R-rated animated sex comedy film with live grocery items who wait for the gods (humans) to take them away to “the great beyond” is the basic premise of Sausage Party, which was released on Aug. 12.
In this strange but humorous movie starring Frank the sausage and Brenda the bun, religious beliefs are unexpectedly explored and discussed. The foods believe that they will be loved and taken care of when they enter their idea of Heaven. All the while, because it is a Seth Rogen movie, the foods try to wait to enter the afterlife so that they can have sex without sinning.
The movie immediately opens up with a song about the great beyond. In the second verse the foods sing, “Once we’re out the sliding doors, things will all be grand, / We will live our dreams together in the promised land.” The foods are excited about “the promised land,” which is like heaven, and the “sliding doors” are the gateway to heaven. As with many religions, death is euphemized and made to seem less threatening than it actually is.
In the beginning of Sausage Party, there is a funny scene in which Frank and Brenda are lusting over each other while still in their packages. They want to have sex but decide to touch “just the tips,” and they ecstatically touch fingers and sigh in happiness. As the film progresses, Brenda thinks that all their troubles are resulting from their sin of touching tips.
In several religions, heaven and hell are seen as a consequence of faith or sins. If you only do good deeds and what your religion asks of you, then you will undoubtedlybe sent to heaven after death. But if you fail to do good and commit many sins, then you will go to hell. For the grocery store foods, their hell is ending up in the store’s garbage and their heaven is the great beyond, outside the store. The idea of heaven and hell are placed there to encourage people to do good toward others and the world.
Frank discovers from the immortal non-perishable Firewater, a Native American liquor bottle, that he and other non-perishables made up the song about the great beyond to give hope to the foods. Before the song, when everyone knew the truth, they were always terrified and hated being chosen by the humans. Viewing the humans as benevolent gods and singing their song every day, the foods forgot about the truth and accepted the great beyond as their reality.
After this discovery, Frank attempts to change all the foods’ belief in the great beyond and fails. This happens because Frank is rash and not empathetic toward the other foods’ opinions and discredits what they have believed in their whole lives.
Near the end, Frank accepts that he cannot change the other foods’ views. He lets them believe what they want to believe in, so long as everyone is kind and respectful toward one another.
In this strange way, despite the movie being a sex comedy, there is social commentary on the way we, as human beings, handle respect when it comes to differing religions. Rather than saying, “My religion is the best and yours is wrong,” Sausage Party advises us to not try to change anyone’s belief system and to have a discussion with one another on why we believe in what we believe, instead. The film teaches that we must learn to respect each others’ differences and figure out how we can better the world together.