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An American Pickle Stars Seth Rogen as a Pickled Time Traveler

Seth Rogen opposite ... Seth Rogen.

Seth Rogen opposite … Seth Rogen.
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We’ve all heard the story. A family comes from the old country. They work hard. They hope. They dream. One of them … preserved in brine.

An American pickle, Seth Rogenis the latest film and an unexpected wrinkle in the continuum of pickle-related science fiction memes, is an extremely odd creature. A come-fish-out-of-water comedy, it stars Seth Rogen in two roles: Herschel Greenbaum, a Jewish American immigrant who is preserved in brine in 1920, prominently alive but in no way jam in 2020, and Ben Greenbaum, his only surviving relative, a grandson who codes. Directed by Brandon Trost, the film is based on a novel by Simon Rich, with the script also written by Rich.

Does this movie look good? You probably don’t know. But there is something compelling that such an absurd premise is played out on screen in a relatively serious way. It promises an adventure with pickles, family love and maybe some hope for the future. Next to Rogen has the movie Maya Erskine, Sarah Snook and Eliot Glazer.

Distribution rights to An American pickle downloaded by HBO Max, and it arrives on the platform on August 6, 2020.

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