The Big Sick (R)

Written by and starring Kamail Nanjiani and Emily V. GordonThe Big Sick is the story of a couple dealing with cultural differences and their own feelings as their relationship evolves and life throws them quite a few curves. This cross-cultural (Pakistani/American and someone who is quite obviously not Pakistani/American) love story is based on true events and pumps some much needed life into the otherwise nearly dead rom-com genre.

This is not a predictable story, neither is it run-of-the-mill Hollywood fare.  It is a story that runs on authentic, relatable emotions.  There is humor where you will laugh out loud.  There is sweetness that will touch you; but it isn’t syrupy sweet. There is sorrow that will cause you to well up (alright, I cried damn it).  There is even pain as Kumail and Emily’s parents (played by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) advocate for her medical care.  I won’t say more than that, but if you have ever had to advocate for a family member and make what could have been life or death decisions, this movie hits close to home and captures the uncertainty and fear of the process absolutely perfectly.

The writing is strong, as we weave in and out of different aspects and situations in Kamail’s life – his parents, Emily, her parents, their relationship issues, their cultural differences and issues, Emily’s health issues, Kamail’s budding career in stand-up and his friends.  So, what we wind up with is a detailed look at a young man’s life and the relationships he holds dearest, while he struggles to achieve his dream.

The fact that we already know Kamail has become a successful stand-up comedian doesn’t make this film any less interesting.  In fact, although he has been around for a while and I’ve seen him in a few things, I didn’t really know much about him until now and had never heard of his wife.  This was a very nice introduction.

The acting here is great.  I have to admit, I may be biased because I love (and I do not use the word lightly – when I say I love him I mean it) Ray Romano.  (Everybody Loves Raymond is one of my favorite sitcoms of all time.  I can watch it every day and never, ever get sick of it.)  Holly Hunter absolutely steals the show doing a superb job in her role.  Zenobia Shroff as Kamail’s mother is also quite notable.

The Big Sick covers so many aspects of Kamail’s life and the many, many relationships he is handling all at once, at times it feels a bit “choppy.”  But if that’s how the story goes…there’s really nothing to be done about that I suppose.  While these different facets of life are true-to-life, things can become chaotic.  The way this film is written, shot and edited captures that chaos well.

The Big Sick earned 8.5 out of 10 bloops.  It’s a great movie worth seeing.  Because the story is original, diverse, suspenseful, relatable and authentic, it is better than good.  It would make a cute date movie or a girls night out flick (if you all like to go out and sniffle and cry together, that is).  If you don’t want to pay for the movie make sure to catch it when it is released on DVD/Blu Ray or streaming.  I recommend viewing with a pint of your favorite snacks, while in pajamas on a rainy day, if possible.  It just feels that familiar, which is nice.

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1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

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