An American Pickle

An American Pickle

An American Pickle

Seth Rogen plays an immigrant worker at a pickle factory who is accidentally preserved for 100 years in this fish-out-of-water comedy. When he wakes up in modern day Brooklyn, he tracks down his only surviving relative (also played by Seth Rogen) who's mild-mannered and seemingly directionless in life. Written by SNL veteran Simon Rich.

2020Rating: PG, Mild themes, violence and coarse language88 minsUSAWarner Bros.
Comedy
90%
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Seth Rogen Lookalike Preserved In Pickle Brine For 100 Years...

Seth Rogen's new movie An American Pickle is about a European refugee (Herschel) who travels to the USA with his wife, However, after a workplace accident where Herschel falls into a pickle vat his Americans dream is cut short, However, 100 years later two teens discover that his body was perfectly preserved by the pickle brine, Benjamin (His Great...

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Variety

Variety

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Of course, the essence of the fish-out-of-water comedy is that it’s never been a realistic genre — it’s pure Hollywood fantasy. Yet An American Pickle, in its ethnically satirical and scattered way, lacks the integrity of its own ridiculousness. It’s pungent but flavorless: an unkosher dill.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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A movie that even glancingly grapples with questions of ethnic and spiritual identity, past and present, is hardly hack work. It’ll do in a pickle.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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Rogen’s comedies have often layered broad laughs with humanity and thematic ambition. Here, like Herschel and Ben, they aren’t especially convincing sharing the frame.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Part time-travelling family drama, part idiosyncratic immigrant-adventure comedy, An American Pickle’s gags underwhelm, but its emotion and originality will surprise you. One of oddest films of 2020 so far, buoyed by two superb turns from Rogen.

3.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

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Pitched somewhere between outrageous satire and sincerity, the movie has a tough time finding its priorities, but it’s endearing to watch it try.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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An American Pickle is neither the most substantial nor the most sophisticated comedy, but its soulful sweetness outweighs its flaws.

IGN

IGN

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All in all, An American Pickle is a solidly entertaining comedy. Its oddball conceit dares audiences to take the plunge, and Seth Rogen rewards them with Herschel, who is bold, thrilling, and a little bit bonkers.

Vulture

Vulture

press

When it works, which it does most of all in its opening and closing acts, it’s because it manages to give a surprising emotional solidity to what’s otherwise a whimsical premise.

Variety

Variety

press

Of course, the essence of the fish-out-of-water comedy is that it’s never been a realistic genre — it’s pure Hollywood fantasy. Yet An American Pickle, in its ethnically satirical and scattered way, lacks the integrity of its own ridiculousness. It’s pungent but flavorless: an unkosher dill.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A movie that even glancingly grapples with questions of ethnic and spiritual identity, past and present, is hardly hack work. It’ll do in a pickle.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Rogen’s comedies have often layered broad laughs with humanity and thematic ambition. Here, like Herschel and Ben, they aren’t especially convincing sharing the frame.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Part time-travelling family drama, part idiosyncratic immigrant-adventure comedy, An American Pickle’s gags underwhelm, but its emotion and originality will surprise you. One of oddest films of 2020 so far, buoyed by two superb turns from Rogen.

3.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Pitched somewhere between outrageous satire and sincerity, the movie has a tough time finding its priorities, but it’s endearing to watch it try.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An American Pickle is neither the most substantial nor the most sophisticated comedy, but its soulful sweetness outweighs its flaws.

IGN

IGN

press

All in all, An American Pickle is a solidly entertaining comedy. Its oddball conceit dares audiences to take the plunge, and Seth Rogen rewards them with Herschel, who is bold, thrilling, and a little bit bonkers.

Vulture

Vulture

press

When it works, which it does most of all in its opening and closing acts, it’s because it manages to give a surprising emotional solidity to what’s otherwise a whimsical premise.

Seth Rogen Lookalike Preserved In Pickle Brine For 100 Years...

Seth Rogen's new movie An American Pickle is about a European refugee (Herschel) who travels to the USA with his wife, However, after a workplace accident where Herschel falls into a pickle vat his Americans dream is cut short, However, 100 years later two teens discover that his body was perfectly preserved by the pickle brine, Benjamin (His Great...

3.0