Let’s face it: 2020 has straight up sucked: Sports are non-existent. Blockbuster movies like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet continue to be delayed. Weddings, graduations, and birthdays have been cancelled. Hardships and sorrow, both emotionally, psychologically, socially, and financially continue to mount. And it seems like there’s no end in sight.
We could all use a laugh and some cinematic escapism while riding this hellish year out, especially as a pandemic continues to keep us at home and socially distant.
And no one can lift spirits more than Seth Rogen playing two roles in the same movie, complete with his beard and his goofy “huhuhhuhuh” belly laugh.
Introducing the Seth Rogen pickle movie, An American Pickle, coming to HBO Max on August 6th. HBO Max bought the rights to the movie from Sony, which had planned for a theatrical release this year after shooting in Pittsburgh last year. It’s directed by Brandon Trost, who worked with Rogan on projects like This Is The End and Neighbors.
Rogen stars in An American Pickle, an adaptation of Simon Rich’s novella, Sell Out, which originally ran in the New Yorker.
Rogen plays Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 and gets a job in a Brooklyn pickle factory. Herschel falls in a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years, waking up in present day Brooklyn. He fits right in, with his fedora, beard, and vintage clothes.
In other words, he’s the ultimate Brooklyn hipster, minus the iPhone:
As Herschel pieces together what happened to his family in the new world, he comes across his great-grandson, Ben Greenbaum, who is also played by Rogen. Greenbaum is a computer coder.
The two barely relate. So Hershel proposes the two team up to start a bougie pickle business.
The trailer for the Seth Rogen pickle movie is whacky and weird, which means I’m all in.