Run time: 88 mins
Seth Rogan does the double in this unexpectedly poignant comedy about family and legacies.
Rogen plays Herschel Greenbaum, a ditch-digger from Eastern Europe who immigrates to Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century. Herschel goes to work in a pickle factory killing rats, where he falls into the pickle vat and is sealed inside. A century later, a drone disturbs the vat and Herschel emerges, fully preserved, alive and confused. The doctors find his only living relative, great-grandson Ben (also Rogen), a freelance web app developer and a series of time-traveling mishaps and misunderstandings ensue.
Both characters are brilliantly performed by Rogan who, despite the uneasy social satire and fantasy mix, does a great job of getting to the emotional heartstrings of the story and is on typically excellent form as the sharp-witted funnyman he’s always been. It’s one of his best roles(s) to date.
There’s a great fan-made trailer for Titanic 2 floating around on YouTube where Jack is resurrected from frozen ice a century later. Until that enters production, this is the only cross-generation comedy you’ll need. (Research Chris Coetsee)