Who’s having pickles at their 4th of July barbecue? You can put them on burgers, eat them out of the jar or perfectly preserve a human for 100 years. Wait…what? If you don’t believe me, watch the trailer for the new Seth Rogen movie, An American Pickle.
First off, I had no idea that Seth could pull off that accent. He is also playing two roles here, which should be interesting. If you’re not familiar with An American Pickle, it’s based on a New Yorker novella from Simon Rich. The movie adaptation will be directed by Brandon Trost for HBO Max.
An American Pickle tells the story of Herschel Greenbaum (Seth Rogen), “a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.”
Wacky name, sure, but then you realize how deep and layered this story is when you see the trailer. I am ten times more intrigued now than I was before. I guess we’ll all find out together when An American Pickle premieres August 6th on HBO Max.
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