Every Atheist Needs: Sausage Party

Sausage PartyI’ve been waiting for so long to find the time to sit down and watch this. I was told many things about it: “It’s hilarious!”, “It slaughters religion!”, “You’ll piss your pants!”. Finally, this past Friday night, I was able to watch this so-called masterpiece of comedy.

Now, there is a line when it comes to comedy. Not a line where you’ve gone too far. I don’t believe you can go too far. It’s not a line where it becomes offensive or a line where it’s too off-putting. No, this is a line, an albeit blurry one, which, when crossed, makes viewers feel just a little bit like the writers got really drunk one night and dared each other to come up with the most graphic scenes possible. There’s no clever humour in it. It’s just kinda like when my son was two, and he discovered that saying ‘shit’ would get a reaction out of people. It’s raunch for the sake of raunch – there’s no clever punchline to “get”. Sausage Party… well, Sausage Party crossed this line a few times.

But hey, I’m GM, so I laughed anyway.

Aside from the fact that this movie was a contender in the raunch-olympics, it had a really great message: If you’re honest, you don’t know what happens when we die. All we know, is we have this life now, so live it to its fullest instead of trying to plan for the next life, which you aren’t sure is even real.

The food in your supermarket is alive, sentient and autonomous. The food in your supermarket is convinced you’re a god, come to take it to the Great Beyond. The food in your supermarket longs for the day it’s gets to pass through those automatic doors and live in blissful eternity with you, their god, caring for them, loving them and just being an all around super deity. The food in your supermarket doesn’t know what horrors await them when they reach your kitchen. Until, that is, one sausage sets out on a trek to discover the truth.

Atheists, you will identify with this skeptical sausage. Even when he does discover the truth, no one wants to hear him or believe him. Blind faith in the Great Beyond prevents everyone from living their lives for themselves. They follow the rules they believe to be enforced by the gods, to avoid being punished and not making it to eternal bliss. They refuse to hear the pleading of a single, doubtful sausage.

 

I won’t tell you the rest, so as not to spoil this film for you, but I will say, you’ll laugh, cringe and nod in agreement and you might even cheer when you find out who turns out to be gay.

This is an absolute must-watch for atheists, so hop to it.

Have you seen Sausage Party? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Robert Karma

    This was one of the few movies I have seen that actually was as funny and insightful as promised. This isn’t going to sway conservative Christians who won’t be able to get past the offensive language and concepts. Now when it comes to moderate and liberal Christians who have a sense of humor, the deeply existential message of this story may just get them to think about their faith. Seth Rogen (and his team) have created a fantastic morality tale about why we use faith as a way to cope with life and the unknown fate that awaits us all. This movie also illustrates the strong resistance people of faith exhibit when presented evidence that their religious beliefs are nothing more than wishful thinking. While some people were too offended by the stereotypes for the Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, Mexicans, etc., to appreciate the brilliantly insightful commentary about how we view, think and feel about those different from us, it was beautifully executed and paid off by the end of the film. Also, the movie had Nazis! I laughed, I cried, this was the feel good movie of the summer!

    • Yes! The Nazis! Haha… oh shit, they really pushed the envelope, didn’t they?

      • Robert Karma

        I actually saw a Sausage Party t-shirt at Wal-Mart featured near a rack of Christian themed t-shirts. Oh the irony.

  • Justin Pursley

    I saw it and it was was amazing.

    • Haha, yeah I got some really good laughs out of it.

  • Doug B

    That’s a good way to describe it – the raunch was at times mindless, but at least it was unexpectedly creative in some places (ala Matt Stone / Trey Parker). Even as a flaming capital “A” Atheist, I felt the message was a bit heavy handed, but I get the feeling they were happy to revel in preaching to the choir of the (de-)converted.

  • Lorin Chane Partain

    Just saw this travesty. It has one good aspect. It inadvertently admits the real motivation for atheism is a desire for unrestricted sexual debauchery. So much for logic and reason.

    • Robert Karma

      Christians who lack the sense of humor gene are blind to so much of reality. Satire goes right over their heads.