An American Pickle ★★

Not that funny and pretty disjointed. The fish out of water premise is abandoned for a satirical take on capitalism and the American dream. As a satire, it falls pretty flat. It makes broad swipes at social media mobs and the court of public opinion without having much of anything to say about it beneath its surface level bits.

Ben and Herschel are solid enough foils for one another. Herschel represents the weight and pressure of Ben's obligation to make something of himself and his family name. That gives the movie some needed emotional resonance, especially toward the end. But it's not enough to really grip me. Especially when the characters are separated for a large portion of the movie's second act.

Still, I like Seth Rogen and appreciate his dual performance in this. It just wasn't enough to keep me engaged in what was ultimately a disjointed movie.

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