Seth Rogen's 'An American Pickle' on HBO Max is a sweet story with a sour center

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Seth Rogen's 'An American Pickle' on HBO Max is a sweet story with a sour center

My hope for An American Pickle is that its bizarre blend of comedy and darkness becomes more palatable over time. I can’t say it entirely worked for me after a first viewing, though.

The pieces are there! Seth Rogen’s lovable stoner persona has always felt intensely relatable to my own life experience. Same for his distinctively “Jew-ish” mannerisms and quirks. What’s more, half of his role in the HBO Max original seemingly involves channeling Zero Mostel’s unforgettable Fiddler on the Roof performance. The other half is best characterized as “middle-aged NYC-dwelling tech worker.”

Any one of these elements appeals to my tastes; all of them together seem like a perfect recipe for summertime laughs. And yet. Read more…

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