It is a tale as old as time: A man moves to America, that man gets a job at a pickle factory, that man falls into a pickle vat as the building is being condemned, that man wakes up 100 years later and moves in with his great-grandson who is his only living relative. What clash of personalities would result? What clash of ideals and aspirations?
An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as both Hershel Greenbaum and his great-grandson Ben. Hershel, who left his shtetl in 1919, wakes up in 2020 to find the legacy he wanted for his family is not exactly as he pictured it. He, a hard-working man with cultural and personal beliefs 100 years out of date and Ben, a timid freelance app developer, don’t exactly have a ton in common.
What follows is a sweet, if inconsequential, story of family and identity.