“It’s the filthiest thing on Earth. It’s so in your face disgusting.” They might not sound like it, but those are words of praise from David Krumholtz, one of the stars of the decidedly not-safe-for-work (or really, safe for anywhere) Sausage Party—the newest movie from Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg. And indeed, those two sentences from Krumholtz, who plays a goateed, talking lavash bread, and one half of the movie’s Israeli/Palestinian odd couple, are accurate. SPOILER AHEAD: Sausage Party features what, I feel comfortable saying, is the single most graphic depiction of food items sexually pleasuring each other in the history of cinema. Even though Krumholtz told me that a lot of the most explicit material got left on the cutting room floor, he admitted sometimes it was a little much even for him, “There were moments recording the movie that I embarrassed myself. All bets were off in terms of being conservative.”
And while most of the early reviews place the over-the-top vulgarity front and center (and how could you not?) Krumholtz did find much more in the movie than chuckles brought on by the thought of sausages in buns. “It’s so weird to say this, but it’s a thoughtful piece…It’s not just a movie about talking food and sexual innuendos. It’s about belief and religion—about putting our differences aside and the silliness of discrimination. There’s a lot to be said.”
And Sausage Party does try to say quite a bit. Hidden amongst the onslaught of four letter words and references to food-specific sexual positions, there are anti-bullying messages, affirmations of gay rights and strong stances against following religious dogma. Oh, and along with a nebbishy bagel played by Edward Norton, Krumholtz’s character comes very close to solving the conflict in the Middle East, primarily through hot bagel-on-lavash lovemaking. “The initial manifestations of the script didn't have that social commentary.” Krumholtz said. “Over time they wisely injected the movie with meaning. I think you can't just make a stupid movie about talking food…The more intellect you can inject in something like that the more you're going to look like you care about what you're doing.”
That later injection Krumholtz mentions may have been what kept the movie on the shelf for so long. Rogen and Goldberg had been trying to get Sausage Party made for seven years. And even with the breakout success they had with Superbad it took them four years just to sell the script. As a friend and fan of the writers, it didn’t make sense to Krumholtz. “It was kind of mind boggling that it was having trouble getting made. I just felt like it was exactly what people wanted to see [from Seth and Evan].” And he may be right. Rotten Tomatoes, whose featured critics don’t always find consensus rated Sausage Party better than other summer hits like Ghostbusters and Star Trek.
But despite the actual positive messages contained in the movie, you might want to leave your kids or little nephews at home this weekend. Unless you think they should get “the talk” from a pack of anthropomorphic hot dogs.
Sausage Party opens with late night screenings Thursday August 11.