15+ An American Pickle Reviews – Two Seth Rogens For The Price of One

An American Pickle ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Seth Rogen is a very good writer and, after seeing his newest film, he also can skillfully play an early 1900 foreign doppelganger.

Imagine how bizarre it would be to act against yourself at two completely different times when you can’t see yourself? Rogen does just that — and pulls it off like it’s no big deal.

In order for Seth Rogen to have an actual beard as Herschel, the entirety of An American Pickle was filmed with the actor as the pickle-brined character and then filmed again with a clean-shaved Rogen playing a present-day man from Brooklyn. When on set, Rogen had a stand-in that he would often play off of for the scenes. It was an especially challenging shoot for the actor, especially in moments when the characters share the frame and their conversations also need to look organic.

Seth Rogen Hilariously ‘Tried To Get Out’ Of Playing Both Roles In American Pickle – CINEMABLEND

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

A different kind of time travel

Time travel stories are usually full of holes. This is a somewhat fresh idea behind time travel in the sense that Herschel was simply preserved. It’s a totally ridiculous idea and yet the absurdity kind of works.

Speaking of logic, just throw it out and have fun

If you must absolutely have logic in your comedies, you’ll find holes aplenty here. The good news is most of the gaffes are to make the story funny, Like how Ben keeps sabotaging Herschel, constantly one-upping his earlier effort until the big one that get him kicked out of America.

Herschel > Ben

Herschel, the 1919 frozen in time character is much more likable than Ben, the whiny, manipulative present day app designer. The conflict between the two, and Herschel’s unawareness is what keeps the film moving along.

Pickle hunger?

Is it just me that gets hungry for pickles watching this movie? It’s gross the way Herschel makes the pickles, but there is so much discussion about pickles during the movie that I found myself wanting to snack on them. If this had played in a movie theater it would have been a smart marketing idea to team up with a pickle company for the concession. It’s the type of food you could snack on while watching a movie.

Argh, that wrapped up in a bow ending

The picture? Really? The hand drawn picture?

Reviews by Others

What do others think of An American Pickle?


  1. Caution Spoilers / Sarah Cartland: “What An American Pickle deliberately misses out serves to show how fake news and personality has come to dominate facts. The huge story of Herschel’s survival in the brine is dealt with at a single news conference where questions about the science are answered in the flimsiest way, to the satisfaction of all journalists present – while his individuality and idiosyncrasies make him first blog-worthy and then network news-worthy”
  2. Cookie and Screen: “…is a comforting movie with a lot of heart. Helmed by two greatly different performances by Seth Rogen, this is definitely one film to relish.”
  3. DC Bolling / DC’s Take (Grade: C+): “…doesn’t always work when the laughs don’t come in as often, but it’s still enjoyable to watch mainly because of the duel performances from Seth Rogen, showing us what he can do as a performer. He’s enough to try it.”
  4. Flip Screen: “For Rogen’s acting alone, An American Pickle is worth the watch. Rogen seems to be taking a page out of Adam Sandler’s book, taking on dramatic roles sparingly, but like Sandler, the results are amazing when they finally come.”
  5. Giadreams / Te Movie My Life: “The humour in An American Pickle may well be your kind of humour. In which case, give it a chance. Just remember that you’ll need to suspend your disbelief completely and utterly.”
  6. Howard For Film: “Even with its shortcomings, AN AMERICAN PICKLE is still reasonably entertaining. It’s available now on HBO Max. And, by the way, as someone who regularly makes his own pickles, I can tell you that you need more than cucumbers, salt and water. At least the literary Herschel knows what the correct ingredients are.”
  7. Jerome Reviews (8/10): “This was definitely a different type of Seth Rogan movie that could have easily went wrong but that’s not the case here! Check this one out!!”
  8. Soham Bogchi: “It’s almost too thin to sustain its premise for the running time — a scant 90 minutes — and sometimes feels more like a stretched-out sketch than a fully developed feature.”
  9. Tall Writer (3/4): “…is a great chance to experience Seth Rogen’s talents. For audiences concerned about the content, this film is the first he’s produced that wasn’t rated R so wade in this pickle vat, you’ll enjoy yourself.”
  10. The Craggus: “It’s all the more remarkable because it uses such a ridiculous gimmick to set up its gentle culture-clash story, a ridiculousness the film both acknowledges and dismisses in a wonderful wink to the fourth wall.”
  11. Trailer Trashed: “Not usually a comedy fan, or a Seth Rogan fan.  So I was surprised by how much I liked this film.  Some bits were a bit overdone, but it was good for a few chuckles.”

Not Recommended

  1. Mark Hobin / Fast Film Reviews (2.5/5): “…is neither a tale where people behave rationally nor one where things develop in a coherent manner.  The slapdash nature of the story is irksome.”
  2. Matthew Liedke (2/5): “…begins with some promise but the film as a whole consistently stumbles. There are a few laughs to be had and Rogen deserves some credit, but this one mostly misses the mark.
  3. Maz / The Nerds Uncanny (Grade: C): “…is an okay film that could have been great. While there are some entertaining moments here and there, I can’t help feeling that the movie wasted a good premise for a comedy film”
  4. MoodyB / Cinema Cynic (5/10): “…despite featuring a surprisingly engaging and diverse dual performance from Seth Rogen, An American Pickle is a watchable enough, but extremely light, generic and forgettable film.”
  5. Nathan Major – Major Film Reviews: “Rogan is capable of much more, and you can even glimpse that potential in moments here, it’s just buried beneath the usual fluff and filler that make up the usual Seth Rogan vehicle, taking an incredibly interesting premise, and making it thoroughly forgettable.” (ed. – Rogen’s name is spelled with an ‘e’, not an ‘a’, but left the quote as written)
  6. Phil The Bear’s Film Reviews: “It is letdown by its struggle for an ending and settles on one that is just as quaint and quiet as what has gone before. Enjoyable but not essential.”

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FIRST LOOK: An American Pickle – HBO Max

HBO Max has its first exclusive movie coming next month and it’s starring a preserved and present day Seth Rogen and, yes, pickles.

I’m a fan of Rogen’s comedies, so this one could be good, bad, or somewhere in that “forget about it after watching” between. I’m fairly confident during the movie it will make me laugh at least once or twice.

Directed by Brandon Trost (“This is the End,” “Neighbors,” “The Interview”) and based on Simon Rich’s (“Man Seeking Woman,” “Miracle Workers”) 2013 New Yorker novella, “An American Pickle” — HBO Max’s first original film — stars Rogen as both Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920, and Ben Greenbaum, Herschel’s mild-mannered computer programmer grandson.

‘An American Pickle’ Trailer: 2 Seth Rogens Strive For American Dream | IndieWire

The official trailer recently dropped:

Pickle factory worker, preserved in pickle relatives, computer programmers, yes … it’s got the ingredients for something really stupid or funny, we’ll soon find out which. Are you looking forward to this one? I am.

An American Pickle will be available for streaming on HBO Max exclusively on August 6, 2020.