An American Pickle 2020
Description: An immigrant worker at a pickle factory is accidentally preserved for 100 years and wakes up in modern day Brooklyn.
n American Pickle, the new Seth Rogen comedy streaming on HBO Max, kicks off with a funny idea. Long ago and far away, in the Eastern European shtetl of Schlupsk, the humble but hardworking gravedigger Herschel Greenbaum (Rogen) falls in love. He sets his eye on a local redhead, Sarah (Succession’s Sarah Snook), and what do you know, they have much in common.
Both love the color black. Both aspire to riches: she, to earn “afford your own gravestone”-level money, and he, to someday take a carefree, luxuriant sip of seltzer water. Also: both of their parents were murdered by Cossacks.
On their wedding day: more Cossacks. And the annihilation of their entire village and way of life. All the more reason to hop aboard the USA Express and start new lives elsewhere, in the land of the free.
Things don’t quite work out as anticipated, but you had to see that coming. This Rip Van Winkle-esque tale, directed by Brandon Trost and written by Simon Rich after a novella he published in the New Yorker in 2013, has some fish-out-of-water trickery up its sleeve. Herschel’s going to start working at a pickle factory–not doing any of the pickling, mind you, but rather clobbering its infesting rats. The rats, in turn, scare Herschel off of a ledge and into a pickling vat, where he waits—a human pickle—for one hundred years.
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