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An American Pickle (12A)

An American Pickle

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Saturday 26 Sep 202019:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 28m

A bold time‑travel satire with bite. Seth Rogen takes on two roles with aplomb in this fish-out-of-water comedy.

Rogen stars as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrated 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 is troubled to learn 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. Rogen's acting alongside himself is the film's most potent ingredient. In Herschel and Ben, he creates two very distinct characters with two sets of unique mannerisms. While its gags about politics are slippery, the film is surprisingly adept at handling the more substantial theme of generational guilt.