Starring: Michael Cera, Kristen Wigg, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Edward Norton, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Salma Hayek and Seth Rogen.
Screenplay by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldbert. Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan.
Budget $18 million. Running time 88 minutes.
Set in a supermarket on the eve of July 4th, the film follows the adventures of Frank a frankfurter (Seth Rogen), his girlfriend, Brenda, a bun (Kristen Wigg) and a gang of similar food stuffs who set out on a quest to discover the truth behind the myth of the Great Beyond, believed to be their version of heaven. Along the way they team up with a bagel (Ed Norton), a taco shell (Selma Hayek), a Lavash (David Krumholtz) and a deformed frankfurter called Carl, played by Johan Hill.
The plot isn't really that important, it's just there to mix some amazing off-colour jokes, with staggering innuendo, offensive smut and some gloriously obscene sex jokes and visual gags, including the most incredible sex scene I've ever seen outside of Team America, which is a good comparison. If you liked that you'll love this. Along there way there are also two fantastic scenes, one set in a kitchen and the other in a slacker's squalid flat that mix the horrific truth of the food's terrible situation and the some truly gory gags together for some superb effect. Playing as an anti-Pixar movie, this might hopefully lead to some more 'adult' animated movies.
I laughed, I gasped and I squirmed, but that had more to do with the fact I watched this with my 17 year old daughter, who laughed at all the jokes I had hoped would go over her head. Some lovely animation, some really nice ideas and far funnier than most of Hollywood's regular 'R' rated comedies we're subjected to. Plus it ends with a simply staggering sex orgy that will have you weeping.
Anyway, there's nothing big or clever about this, and if you like Seth Rogen's brand of comedy you're going to love this. Also, don't feel the need to sit through to the very end, there's nothing there.