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An American Pickle

An American Pickle

Adapted by Simon Rich from his 2013 New Yorker novella Sell Out, An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates 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 learns 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.

Behind-the-Scenes Videos

Wet Plate Photography
To take an old style photo you need: a wet plate, a development tent, and one very stern face.
Back-handed Compliments
Grandparents, they mean well... don't they?
Q+A Session
What inspired Simon Rich to tell the incredible story of Herschel’s journey into the future? How did Seth Rogen’s hatred of fake beards make this production unique? Listen to this conversation with star/producer Seth Rogen, writer Simon Rich, producer Evan Goldberg, and director Brandon Trost with Rotten Tomatoes.

Featured Talent

Seth Rogen headshot


Herschel Greenbaum / Ben Greenbaum

Seth Rogen is an actor, writer, producer, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. With longtime collaborators Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, Rogen produces film and television projects through their production company, Point Grey Pictures.

On the heels of An American Pickle, Rogen and Point Grey Pictures will release Santa Inc., a Christmas-themed adult animated comedy series for HBO Max. The series will feature voice performances by Rogen and Sarah Silverman. In March 2019, Rogen and Goldberg collaborated with Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) to launch Houseplant, a Canadian-based cannabis company dedicated to product quality and consumer education. In 2012, Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, founded HFC, a national nonprofit organization providing care for families contending with Alzheimer’s, educating young people about living a brain-healthy life, and to raise awareness and bring light to the disease.

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