Parents' Guide to

An American Pickle

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Rogen's double performance saves low-key comedy.

Movie PG-13 2022 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Quirky but insightful

This was really quite funny! It had an unusual plot and gave a quirky insight into modern American culture. If you like something abit different and you don't mind political incorrectness, this film is for you!

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age 14+

An American Pickle not as good as Polskie Ogorki

The inspired premise of “An American Pickle” undoubtedly not only captures one's attention but also one's imagination. I was certainly looking forward to seeing this film, and whilst it didn't completely disappoint me when I did, it fell very short of my expectations. Ultimately, the humour was hit and miss, and overall lacked imagination. Ethnic slurs such as "dumb Polacks" don't amuse, and Hollywood Jewish comedian Mr Rogen should show far more creative and innovative flair to carry a film. I voted that it's got too much swearing, as there's no button for 'too much dumb racist jokes'. Spend your hard earned cash on a jar of genuine 'Made in Poland' pickles, rather than 'An American Pickle', and you'll be far more satisfied.

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Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (5):

An uncharacteristically low-key comedy for Rogen, this comedy is hit-and-miss overall, but Rogen's accomplished double performance and the movie's sweet, winning attitude eventually carry the day. Directed by Brandon Trost, a cinematographer on other Rogen movies like This Is the End and The Disaster Artist, from a story and screenplay by SNL writer Simon Rich, An American Pickle is essentially a one-man show. The second-billed actor, the talented Snook, appears only in the movie's first 10 to 15 minutes. And other performers appear only for a couple of minutes each.

But Rogen nails it. His Herschel starts out as a bit of a caricature, rolling his dialogue through a comic Eastern European accent. But eventually his cleverness and heart come through. And as Ben, Rogen has created perhaps his sweetest character to date: He's kind (his first reaction to Herschel is to invite him to stay in his apartment), hopeful, and even a little timid. The fish-out-of-water jokes and family-feud jokes aren't really enough to sustain a feature-length movie (not even a tight 90-minute one), but they're sporadically funny, and they continue into the final act (where many comedies tend to drop the jokes in favor of wrapping up the plot). In short, An American Pickle offers enough crispy, crunchy giggles to make it worth a look.

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