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2020 has been a year where new movies are a hard to come by. But, as cinephiles persevere, more movies arrive! This time around, we’re checking out a new Seth Rogan led comedy where we have not one but two Seth Rogan’s to enjoy. Whether you think that’s the best thing in the world or the absolute worst, well, I guess that’s up for you to decide!
Even so, Daniel and I head into our discussion on An American Pickle by starting out with some straight-A cringe. Then, we go right into our immediate experience with An American Pickle and how it was my comfiest movie experience in a while. Then, Daniel shares some frustration over how An American Pickle could have been a much better movie, but still stepped away with a few nuggets of joy. Then, after our Trivia section which includes some fun behind-the-scene special FX tidbits, we dig into the meat of An American Pickle (or, the salty brine) and take an intensive look at its often unsuccessful but somewhat chuckle-worthy comedy, as well as discuss the films commentary on a family’s legacy against modern Jewish culture.
An American Pickle is Rated PG-13 for some language and rude humor. It features Seth Rogan and Sarah Snook. Directed by Brandon Trost. An American Pickle is available on HBOmax.
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Melvin Benson is the Founder, Executive Editor, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!