The Big Sick (2017)

Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano,
Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's...
  • 7.5 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Emily V. Gordon, Writer:
  • Michael Showalter, Director:
  • Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Producer:

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10/10 / 10

Director Michael Showalter ("Hello My Name is Doris" - 2014) has founda terrific collaborative relationship with writer/star Kumail Nanjiani("Silicon Valley") and writer/wife/actor Emily V. Gordon. Based (atleast somewhat) on the real life romance of Kumail and Emily, a couplefrom different cultural backgrounds and traditions, this 'little filmthat could" garnered one of the biggest deals in Sundance Film Festivalhistory. And, everything is right in this film, from the realisticwriting, a storyline filled with plausible surprises, to the terrificcasting of the honest Zoe Kazan "Emily," Holly Hunter and Ray Romano asEmily's parents, Aidy Bryant (SNL), Bo Burnham ("Zack Stone is Gonna BeFamous") and Kurt Braunohler as Kumail's comedy buddies, to the equallygreat and ethnically packed cast featuring Anupam Kher ("Silver LiningPlaybook"), Zenobia Sheriff, Adeel Akhtar ("The Dictator") and ShenazTreasury as Kumail's lovable family, along with a slue of terrificfemale mates for Kumail to marry. David Alan Greir even appears for afew brief scenes as the comedy store MC. The feel of this film is rightin line with "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Way Way Back," leaving theaudience with a feel good feeling at the films conclusion. Films likethis, much like Melissa McCarthy's "Nobodies" TV show, are filling thescreen with a great group of stand- up/comedy actors that help cementthe production in reliability and truth. With the right PR andword-of-mouth, "The Big Sick" could be a big hit for all involved.

10/10 / 10

Romance, cultural conflict, betrayal, compassion, and redemption. Allneatly wrapped within the context of a comedic memoir. MichaelSholwater did a superb job directing and the writing collaborationbetween Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani gave the audience awonderfully intimate sense of how the warmth, power, and growth of acouple relationship can expand and strengthen the bonds of family.

No story or movie becomes great without a superb cast. Again KumailNanjiani proved his versatility with an amazingly strong performance(in my opinion award winning). And this movie was not a one man show,Zoe Kazan gave just the right energy to her role, Holly Hunter shouldget an Academy Award for best supporting actress for hers, Ray Romanowas excellent as were Zenobia Shroff and Anupam Kher. This was the bestmovie I've seen in a very long time and just may be the best romanticcomedy I've ever seen.

10/10 / 10

I just loved this movie. Its billed as a comedy and I did laugh outloud frequently but it is also a touching drama of relationship andillness and the quintessential American story of the immigrant family'sson and the white bread girlfriend. It had a very sweet touch, mixingthe comedy and drama. Ray Romano was fantastic as the father of thegirlfriend and I also really liked the girl, Zoe Kazan. Sorry, thisisn't much of a review except to say that it was really very good!

10/10 / 10

I know, I know 10 out of 10 is A LOT. However I'm not sure how theycould top what they have here. Perhaps make it a little longer?? INEVER leave reviews but I just laughed so hard I started snorting andcouldn't stop for a bit! So did a few others in my row! I think thatmeans something. There were so many times were I was laughing hardenough to cry and where I was smiling from the joy on the screen. Don'tget me wrong, it's not all roses and whiskey....but it's def a movie Ithink everyone should see for a myriad of reasons. I'm so glad thismovie was made and that my friend suggested we see it yesterday! I knowyou'll enjoy it so...You're welcome!

10/10 / 10

This film depicts a couple's challenge in grappling with the culturaldifferences of their Pakistani and white American families in thisportrayal of the protagonist's real-life relationship. Kumail Nanjianiand Zoe Kazan are wonderful in their respective performances as thecouple that gradually weaves together an amazing story. Ray Romano andHolly Hunter are equally splendid as the parents of the girlfriend. Infact, there are no weak links in the cast.

It's a film that goes from being a diverting portrayal of the life of astand-up comic to a romance story to an allegory on overcoming culturalbarriers in the United States. The tonal shifts might seem extreme atfirst, but they gradually cement a powerful narrative that makes for alot of laughs but also becomes bittersweet and endearing withoutresorting to a hint of sentimentality.

The film takes on a new form when the girlfriend is beset with a severeillness. From there, the comedy aspect gradually becomes something of asupporting part to a deeper character study and exploration of familyand cultural pressures even in the face of unanticipated grave events.You will laugh, you will be close to tears and you might engage in yourown introspection after watching this film. Brilliantly written andbeautifully acted, this one is from the heart. Recommended to thehighest degree.