A few months back, we wrote that An American Pickle, a new movie starring Seth Rogen, had changed hands from Warner Brothers Films with a theatrical distribution to HBO Max due to the pandemic. Well, now we finally have our first look. And we’re totally on board for this. Here’s the official synopsis.
The film, directed by Brandon Trost, is based on Simon Rich’s New Yorker novella and stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 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.
The film comes out on August 6th exclusively on HBO Max, and marks one of the first narrative films on the new platform.