In Shopwell’s Grocery Store the products for sale start their day with an energising song and dance routine and then wait for the “Gods” to select them and take them to “The Great Beyond”. But when a jar of honey mustard is returned it brings news of carnage and distress rather than eternal happiness. Frank and Brenda, a sausage and a hot dog bun, who had been looking forward to being united in the other world must re-evaluate their situation and with the other products search for answers. They find that if they are to survive they must take on the “Gods”, and if they are to find happiness it must be in the present rather than the future.
Well, the double entendres start with the shapes of the sausages and the buns and continue during all the verbal interaction throughout the film. There is tension when the products are bought, and distress when they are terminated in the homes of the humans. As time passes the products become more and more active dashing about in the aisles during the time the shop is closed, and enacting aspects of their possible origins. An Arab product expects to meet 72 virgin oils in the Great Beyond for instance. There is almost continuous bad language, so much that no-one on IMDb had bothered to count up the F words, endless sexual inuendo and in the finale an interproduct orgy which leaves little to the imagination.
|A View||To start with this was surprisingly ticked up by the critics, getting over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it was funny mainly because if its sheer irreverence. I watched it twice and found that one of my problems was that I was not familiar with all the products, because I am British and it seems that we have different stuff on our supermarket shelves. Maybe it did not really live up to the idea presented in the title and the poster, but it is fun and has value if you are interested in the history of cinema and enjoy real gross out humour.|
|Duration||1h 29m||Rating (UK)||15|
|Source of story||An original screenplay|
|Director||Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon|
|Writers/Script||Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg (story bby Seth Rogan, Evan Goldbergy, Jonah Hill|
|Starring||Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig|
|Additional Info||This animated feature was produced for the surprisingly low cost of $19 million, but it is claimed that this was achieved by treating the animators extremely badly, requiring them to work overtime for no reward at the threat of being blacklisted if they did not comply. Many left during the production so not all are named in the credits for the film (apparently).|