Weâ€™ve all heard the story. A family comes from the old country. They work hard. They hope. They dream. One of themâ€¦ gets preserved in pickle brine.
An American Pickle, Seth Rogenâ€™s latest film and an unexpected wrinkle in the continuum of pickle-related science fiction memes, is an extraordinarily odd creature. A fish-out-of-water comedy, it stars Seth Rogen in two roles: Herschel Greenbaum, a Jewish American immigrant who gets preserved in pickle brine in 1920, emerging alive but somehow not pickled in 2020, and Ben Greenbaum, his only surviving kin, a great-grandson who codes. Directed by Brandon Trost, the film is based on a novella by Simon Rich, with the screenplay also written by Rich.
Does this movie look any good? You know, probably not. But thereâ€™s something compelling about such an absurd premise being played out on screen in a relatively earnest fashion. It promises an adventure of pickles, familial love, and maybe some hope for the future. Alongside Rogen, the film stars Maya Erskine, Sarah Snook, and Eliot Glazer.
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Distribution rights to An American Pickle were picked up by HBO Max, and itâ€™ll be coming to the platform on August 6, 2020. No word on where it’ll end up in Australia just yet.