“An American Pickle” Trailer Shows a New Side of Seth Rogen

by Megan Hemenway
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Seth Rogen at Hilarity for Charity 2018, Courtesy of Netflix

The infant streaming service HBO Max just dropped the trailer for their upcoming movie, An American Pickle, starring Seth Rogen. And to truly understand this quirky trailer, you’ve got to start from the beginning.

The Plot

First and foremost, Seth Rogen appears opposite Australian actress Sarah Snook as a young Polish couple in 1920. Then, the two immigrate to America to start a new life together. Rogen’s character, Herschel Greenbaum, begins working at a pickle factory while his wife becomes pregnant. Now, this is where things get a little odd.

Everything changes for Herschel when he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. Yes, you read that right. Brined for 100 years! Herschel wakes up in 2020, completely preserved and not a day older. Luckily, he finds that he still has a living relative; his great-grandson Ben, played by none other than Seth Rogen himself.

The rest of the trailer follows the trials and tribulations of Herschel and Ben. Herschel must become accustomed to his new life in the future, without his wife while Ben learns to accept his long lost relative. Meanwhile, it becomes clear that maybe the two could learn much more from each other than they originally think.

Conclusion

While this film definitely seems like a comedic look at a strange situation, An American Pickle certainly seems like an opportunity for Seth Rogen to prove his acting chops. It’s no easy task to act opposite yourself, and this “pickle” has the chance to be disorienting for the characters, and even frightening.

In the end, there’s no doubt that An American Pickle could be a hit for HBO Max and Seth Rogen both. An American Pickle is set to be released on August 6th on HBO Max.

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