Hot on the tail of slagging off Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant I thought I’d compound the effect by reviewing one of the most juvenile comedies I have seen in a long time.
Here’s the trailer:
I have been eager to see this film since I saw the (cleaner) trailer which starts off like it’s yet another one of those schmaltzy feel good comedies about some old dick in a house with a load of balloons and a talking dog and then reveals itself as an adult comedy playing for shocks.
The story is fairly simple – the food items in the supermarket hold the belief that when they get bought by the ‘gods’ they will arrive at the great beyond which is some kind of golden nirvana heavenly state of bliss (and sex). They don’t realise that when they unpacked at home they’ll soon be eaten. The feel of it is a little bit like Toy Story in the way the food comes alive but that’s where the similarities end.
There’re some rather clumsy analogies being played out about the role of religion and race in modern society which are fairly typical of an American comedy screenplay. It harks back to the days of American sitcoms that would always end with some kind of moral message. But these themes are mostly kicked by the wayside to make room for dick, fart and douche jokes.
My enjoyment of the film (and I confess that I thoroughly enjoyed it) was no doubt helped by having had, let’s see, at least 10 units of alcohol in my body at the time and it seemed that Siggy and I weren’t alone in that respect. Almost everyone in the cinema audience seemed to be drunk or getting drunk (some had brought beers into the viewing – I didn’t realise that was ‘thing’ at Cineworld but obviously it is).
The characters are well voice-acted throughout by a pretty cool line up (Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Salma Hayek, James Franco, Paul Rudd and Michael Cera etc.) and an unexpected star turn by none other than Edward Norton playing a jewish bagel. There’s also some quick pop culture references thrown in giving a nod to Terminator 2, The Beatles and Prof Stephen Hawking among others. The animation is of good quality although some of the character design is a little lacking but it really is the outrageous script that wins the day.