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 theseemingly 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. …
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