The dream once was to stick a sausage between a soft bun, but then they learned after such bliss they would be eaten. This is the story of how food learned the truth of their fate and when they fought back.
Characters Worth Noting
Frank (Seth Rogen) | Brenda (Kristen Wiig)
It was all just a dream. One day, in the great beyond, the place outside the supermarket doors, Frank would finally be between Brenda. Oh, he has dreamed of it so long, being between her buns, and she has dreams of having him inside her. But then Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) ruins everything. He plants the idea in Frank’s head that the great beyond is a lie and as he attempts to commit suicide Frank saves him and Brenda tries to save him from falling. Alas, Honey Mustard falls to his death and alongside Frank and Brenda, many other food items meet their end on the floor.
But Honey Mustard’s last words live on. In fact, they haunt Frank so much that he seeks out Firewater (Bill Hader) to learn the truth. Something he, nor his fellow food items, are in no way ready for.
43 times. I laughed 43 times during this movie. I laughed to the point is hurt a little bit. Yet, at times I felt bad about laughing for while the food puns, like the one Douche (Nick Kroll) does were hilarious, most of the jokes were at the expense of food with various ethnicities. Jewish and Arabian jokes were in full force, alongside stereotypical Black jokes, Native American jokes, and there is even German food which has a Hitler-esque leader.
To say the least, while Rogen and company have always been vulgar, it does seem this movie kind of was digging at the bottom of the barrel. Especially since, while there was some attempt at social commentary with the war between Jewish and Arabian food, for the most part, this movie is just about making you laugh at stupid things. Which there is nothing wrong with.
Things To Note
Prepare to have your jaw drop as you watch a food orgy.
One of the main things I’ve always liked about Seth Rogen films is that alongside a guarantee of laughter, there is usually some heart. You feel for the characters, see them grow, and it makes it so a sensitive soul may even get a little teary-eyed. With this film, though, the main objective is to make a funny, R-rated animated comedy. Yes, the food is being eaten and they look at it as murder. Yes, there is some attempts with the food to try to speak on racial and ethnic tension and how we should all work well together. Thing is, you can’t even say it is a secondary objective. If anything, it is like when they were writing this Rogen thought, maybe we can make this mean something? We got the jokes, and they are f—ing funny, but what are jokes without some sort of depth alongside them? So, being that everyone didn’t want to hear Rogen go on and on they said whatever and he added a few lines which perhaps he thought would be of substance. Well, him or one of the other 4 people who had a hand in this script.
The point is, the film meets its expectations of being funny, but I felt slightly disappointed by the lukewarm attempt to make this film about more than jokes.
On The Fence
As offensive as this can come off, one can argue that this goes by the Seth McFarlane style of comedy in which everyone is going to be aimed at and laughed at. Be it Mexicans and Hispanics, Black people, Jews, people of central Eurasian descent, Asians, gay people, and probably more, everyone is an equal opportunity target. Which doesn’t necessarily take away from the tired stereotypes used in this movie, but who watches a comedy nowadays looking for political correctness?