An American Pickle
Adapted by Simon Rich from his New Yorker short story “Sell Out”, An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a poor young Jewish man from the Eastern European town of Schlupsk. In search of a better life, he emigrates to New York with his good-hearted wife Sarah (Sarah Snook) in 1919. One day, while working in a thankless job squashing rats at a pickle factory, he falls into a vat of pickles. 100 years later, he emerges perfectly brined and encounters his only remaining relative, his thirty-something urbanite great-grandson Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen). As Ben introduces Herschel to the modern wonders of SodaStreams, David Bowie and owning multiple pairs of socks, the two attempt to find common ground despite their multi-generational divide.
Why You Should See This Film
Look, I know what you’re thinking. “Humans can’t be preserved by pickle brine,” right? That may be true, and the premise of An American Pickle is nothing if not ridiculous. But if anyone can pull off such a high-concept comedic feat, it’s Seth Rogen. Reconnecting with his Jewish heritage in a way we haven’t yet seen from the multi-talented actor, he shows an immense dedication to his dual role (even learning Yiddish). A satisfying comic condiment, it’s a joyfully creative morsel of a film.
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- Year: 2020
- Rating: PG
- Director: Brandon Trost
- Cast: Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Language: English, Yiddish