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A Tale of Two Seth Rogens

In HBO Max’s An American Pickle, the actor plays both a Jewish immigrant from the 1920s who wakes up in 2020—and his great-grandson.
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centers on an extraordinary feat of culinary science. Herschel Greenbaum (played by Seth Rogen), a Jewish immigrant living in 1920 New York, falls into a vat of pickles on his factory’s closing day and is left there for 100 years. When he emerges in 2020, he’s perfectly preserved if a little pungent—a sort of unfrozen caveman of the Lower East Side. A jokey, silent montage in Brandon Trost’s new film, which debuts on HBO Max today, features an expert explaining

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