An American Pickle is a 2020 American comedy-drama film directed by Brandon Trost (in his solo directorial debut) and written by Simon Rich, based on his 2013 short story “Sell Out”. The film stars Seth Rogen as an Eastern European Jewish immigrant who gets preserved in a vat of pickles and wakes up a century later in modern-day New York City, attempting to fit in with the assistance of his last remaining descendant (also played by Rogen); Sarah Snook also stars.
Herschel Greenbaum and his spouse, Sarah Greenbaum, are struggling Jewish laborers. They emigrate from their shtetl to America in 1919 after their village is rampaged by Russian Cossacks. Herschel finds a job at a pickle factory, and is able to save up for two graves at a Jewish cemetery. One day, while working at his job, he falls into a vat of pickles. The factory is closed and he is brined for 100 years.
Having woken up in 2019 Brooklyn, Herschel discovers that his only living relative is his great-grandson Ben. Ben works as a freelance app developer and is currently developing his own app “Boop Bop”, a service that checks companies’ ethics when buying their products. Ben reluctantly agrees to go with Herschel to the cemetery where Sarah and his son are buried, along with Ben’s parents. Herschel is disgusted to find that the cemetery was left in shambles, along with a Russian vodka billboard overlooking it. This causes him to assault the construction workers putting up the billboard, leading to his and Ben’s arrest.