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August 7, 2020
The funniest part of “An American Pickle ” isn't even really in the movie. It's a little scene in the middle of the credits in which Seth Rogen's Herschel Greenbaum, a 1920s laborer who wakes up 100 years after falling into a vat of pickle juice, watches “Yentl” with his millennial great-grandson Ben Greenbaum (also Rogen). Their little interaction is sharp and light and lively and fully inspired; Rogen has fun imagining how a stoic Jewish man from a century ago would react to seeing Barbra Streisand. It's a delight. Why it didn't fit in the movie is anyone's guess, but it could have used a few more like it.
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