(R; 89 minutes; Sony): Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg take animated films to the hard R-rating. The main characters are a sausage (really a hot dog) Frank (Rogen) and his girlfriend, a busty bun named Brenda (Kristen Wiig). They live inside the Shopwell’s supermarket, where they hope to be chosen by the Gods (grocery shoppers) to go to the Great Beyond.
Little do they know what happens outside the supermarket doors, since every morning the food stuffs sing a happy song about how wonderful it is to be chosen. But Frank of little faith has some questions about the myth, and when a returned jar of Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) raves about the apocalyptic murder and destruction of kitchens, Frank sets into motion a plan to save himself and Brenda from this fate.
Since we’re starting with a central relationship that is a sex metaphor made literal, the rest of “Sausage Party” can’t hold back. From minute one it’s guns blazing with raunchy sex talk, swearing and every offensive ethnic stereotype in the grocery store.
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This smack in the face of good manners is surprising and strange, often delightfully so.
Contains strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use. Tribune News Service
(R; 110 minutes; Likely Story): A coming-of-age tale wrapped in memory, James Schamus’ “Indignation” brings back a time when $18/week was decent pay for a part-time job, and when students dressed up for class and walked around campus with their heads buried in books rather than electronic devices.
Marcus (Logan Lerman), the bright son of a New Jersey butcher, is dazzled when he arrives at Winesburg College in Ohio in 1951. Though the times are troubled – the Korean War rages in the background, and attitudes toward both sexuality and mental illness, as depicted in the film, were less than enlightened – everything looks like a dream. The campus, in the words of the Philip Roth novel on which the film is based, “could have been the backdrop for one of those Technicolor college movie musicals where all the students go around singing and dancing instead of studying.”
“Indignation” is an elegant debut for longtime producer Schamus; a visit to the past, with both sunshine and darkness.
Contains sexual content and some language. Seattle Times
Also out Nov. 8
- “Morris From America”
- “Billions: Season 1”
- “Black Sails: Season 3”
- “Daredevil: Season 1”
- “Powers: Season 2”
- “Turn: Season 3”
- “Kickboxer: Vengeance”
- “Phantom Boy”
- “Into the Badlands: Season 1”