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An American Pickle

An American Pickle
An American Pickle
An American Pickle
  • PG-13
  • 1h 28m
  • 2020
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Adapted by Simon Rich from his 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out, An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1919 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 learns 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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: An American Pickle lacks the tart snap viewers might expect given its creative premise, but Seth Rogen's dual performance makes this a low-key comedy to relish.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Rogen's double performance saves low-key comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that An American Pickle is a fish-out-of-water/family-feud comedy starring Seth Rogen in two roles: Herschel, a man from 1919 who wakes up in the present day, and Ben, his great-grandson. There's a bit of blood (mostly in the 1919 sequences, as Cossacks attack), and characters bash rats with a club and bite the head off of a fish. There's also some punching and fighting, and death is discussed. Two characters fall in love and get married, but sex isn't an issue. Language includes a few uses of "s--t" and some ethnic slurs that are played for laughs: "dumb Polacks," "filthy Jews," etc. It's a pretty one-track movie, but Rogen's performance and a smattering of giggles hold it together.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:August 7, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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