Seth Rogen explains the naughty ‘American Pickle’ shout-out to Barbra Streisand’s ‘Yentl’

The following discusses a post-credit scene in “An American Pickle.” If you haven’t seen Seth Rogen’s comedy, now streaming on HBO Max, stop reading now.

Seth Rogen pays tribute to Barbra Streisand, who played his mother in 2012’s “The Guilt Trip,” during a quirky post-credit scene in “An American Pickle.”

At the end of director Brandon Trost’s “Pickle” comedy, Ben Greenbaum has made peace with his great-grandfather Herschel Greenbaum (both characters played by Rogen), who time traveled to modern day after falling in a preserving vat of pickles 100 years ago.

The two sit on a couch in Ben’s apartment watching Streisand in her 1983 film “Yentl,” playing Yentl Mendel, who dresses and lives like a man so that she can receive an education in Talmudic Law in turn-of-the-century Poland.

Herschel is particularly smitten by Yentl’s dramatic reveal to Mandy Patinkin’s Avigdor, where she tells him she is very much a woman and in love with him.

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Rogen explains to USA TODAY that he wanted to end the film with the two watching a film that would appeal to Herschel’s time period and origins. Replace Yentl’s Lublin, Poland for Herschel’s fictional hometown town of Schlopsk, and Yentl would have been his neighbor.

“We also shot a version where we were watching ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ together, but the ‘Yentl’ one just turned out much, much funnier,” says Rogen.

As for Herschel’s desirous admiration with lines like, “She’s very pretty” and “I like this film very much, it’s very naughty,” Rogen says its impossible not to see his one-time screen mother’s appeal.

“Of course. I defy anyone not to,” he says.

The filmmakers had to receive “Yentl” producer, director and star Streisand’s permission for the clip usage.

“I heard that she thought it was very funny,” says Rogen of his “Guilt Trip” co-star. “I should actually probably email her about it now that you bring that up.”

Just as through all of “Pickle,” the simple scene was complicated, with Rogen shooting it in its entirety as one character, then ad-libbing off his portrayal as the other character.

“It’s funny just watching what appears to be myself improvising with myself,” says Rogen, laughing. “It’s is a strange, if not terrifyingly borderline self-indulgent thing to have to witness. But I hope people enjoy it.”

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