A smarter than it looks, hilarious satire that does its best to offend just about everyone.
Seth Rogan and gang join forces once again to do what they do best, have a bit of fun. The premise of this film might not necessarily make you jump out of your seat to run down to your local multiplex. But you should.
Essentially, Frank (Seth Rogan) and fellow Hot Dogs Barry (Michael Cera) and Carl (Jonah Hill) and the rest of the foodstuffs in the supermarket worship the humans as their gods, believing that worship to them will result in them being picked for eternal happiness in the ‘Great Beyond’. Frank is particularly keen on this idea as he’ll eventually be able to go outside his wrapper and hook up with hot dog bun, Brenda (Kristen Wiig). Yep that’s a sex metaphor. You can expect a fair amount of that.
After the first ten minutes you would be forgiven for thinking that this is just Rogan et al gone rogue making a ridiculous film about food having sex. And, to be fair, it is a little bit. But there’s much more to it than that. It’s not just the crass humour that lands here, there’s more subtle jokes and the film balances the two perfectly.
What I didn’t expect was the film to be basically a satire for religion. But don’t get your panties in a bunch. No one is safe here. Not even the atheists. Each isle or food type is an offensive stereotype for its nation of origin. Edward Norton plays a Jewish bagel hilariously and Salma Hayek plays a lesbian taco who lives in fear of upsetting the gods. Yep, that’s a joke about religion oppressing gay people. The film makes a point of ridiculing Hitler and making a mockery of the conflict between Palestine and Israel by utilising ridiculous stereotypes to hilarious effect – “We can’t just co-exist”. And there’s countess other examples of the writers cleverly mocking outdated, ridiculous and offensive beliefs.
Frank’s quest to find out the truth alienates him from his friends, because, and I’m paraphrasing here “people don’t like being told they’re wrong”. That’s even with cold hard evidence in front of them. On his adventure his is pursued by a douche, played by Nick Kroll. Personally, I had no idea what a douche was so here’s wikipedia’s definition – “A douche is a device used to introduce a stream of water into the body for medical or hygienic reasons, or the stream of water itself. Douche usually refers to vaginal irrigation, the rinsing of the vagina, but it can also refer to the rinsing of any body cavity”. The character in question lends itself to a very predictable set of jokes, which are probably the least funny parts of the film. But maybe it’s just because its Nick Kroll.
At he heart of the film is actually quite a profound take-home message which is essentially, don’t be a dick. And also, don’t believe everything you’re told. Live life how you want to.