‘Sausage Party’ slams world religions

Teresa (Salma Hayek), Brenda (Kristen Wiig), Barry (Michael Cera), Frank (Seth Rogen), Lavash (David Krumholtz) and Sammy (Edward Norton) in Columbia Pictures' SAUSAGE PARTY.

Everybody thinks they have the answers to life but nobody can prove it.

Anybody can tell you this, but would you expect to hear this from a talking hot dog with gloves for hands and his bun girlfriend in high heels?

The recently released film “Sausage Party” has been making headlines as the first computer animated film to earn an R-rating.

Made to look like a Pixar film with a story written by the twisted mind of Seth Rogen critics have been giving scores as low as 66 percent on Metacritic and as high as 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

But the biggest attention grabber of the film is the way it represents religion and culture.

In the film every food represents the country it was made in and also has ideals about what happens to them in “the great beyond,” where they believe the humans known as “the Gods,” are taking them.

The protagonist, Frank (Seth Rogen), and his girlfriend, Brenda (Kristen Wiig), are left behind in the midst of a giant food spill and try to get back to their aisles.

But, along the way Frank is told by the non-perishables the story of the Gods was made up to keep the food happy before death. Over the years each culture kept changing the story to align with their beliefs resulting in cultural warfare among the foods.

The film is clearly satirizing world religions and the problems that arise from intolerance, which is what it is most criticized for as well as praised for.

The Gateway’s Jeff Turner wrote: “The commentary on religion sounds trite … because it is coming from the wrong kid.”

Alissa Wilkinson of Christianity Today wrote: “Sausage Party gives a full-throated defense of tolerance and a condemnation of ethnic and religious feuding.”

In the film’s climax Frank’s friend Barry (Michael Cera) tells Frank just because you think you have the answer to the afterlife doesn’t mean you can disrespect other people’s beliefs or tell them they’re wrong, you treat people with respect.

Sausage Party isn’t for everyone, it might offend you because of its philosophy or because of its content, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s well made and has excellent comedy. It should be successful enough to get people more interested in R-rated CGI films.

Haven’t you ever wanted to see Elsa smack Anna’s butt and flip Kristoff the bird?