In every generation, there comes a film that redefines how American Jews see themselves.
“An American Pickle” is not that movie.
But it is a fun, time-traveling romp starring Seth Rogen. Rogen shines as Herschel, a Jewish immigrant spared from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, only to arrive in America and promptly fall into a pickle vat for 100 years. Upon waking up in the 21st century, Herschel is united with his only living descendant, his great-grandson, Ben (also played by Rogen). Ben, an app-developing dreamer, can’t seem to get it together, much to hard-working Herschel’s frustration. It goes without saying that unorthodox hijinks ensue.
Join The Vibe of the Tribe crew Miriam, Dan and Ashley, along with our podcast founder Jesse, as we dive into the briny depths of HBO Max’s “An American Pickle” to discuss immigration and assimilation, cancel culture, the controversy surrounding the film’s star and how much we all hate Cossacks. Will we give this movie 10 out of 10 pickles? Tune in to find out!
This episode contains spoilers and adult language.
Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.