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Romance, Comedy
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Michael Showalter
Holly Hunter as Beth
Aidy Bryant as Mary
Vella Lovell as Khadija
Kumail Nanjiani as Kumail
Zenobia Shroff as Sharmeen
Jeremy Shamos as Bob Dalavan
Myra Lucretia Taylor as Nurse Judy
David Alan Grier as Andy Dodd
Ray Romano as Terry
Adeel Akhtar as Naveed
Zoe Kazan as Emily
Anupam Kher as Azmat
Storyline: Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), in the middle of becoming a budding stand-up comedian, meets Emily (Zoe Kazan). Meanwhile, a sudden illness sets in forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma. Kumail must navigate being a comedian, dealing with tragic illness, and placating his family's desire to let them fix him up with a spouse, while contemplating and figuring out who he really is and what he truly believes.
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a drama with some very funny moments, and one that is overflowing with truth
At the heart of The Big Sick, which is the story of how Kumail Nanjani met his wife Emily Gordon (no, really, he's basically playing himself, or at least what would see a true version of himself, and Zoe Kazan is Emily - both Nanjani and Gordon wrote the script) and how they had their ups and downs, though the down majorly was when Emily was life-threateningly sick, is this question: what does the truth mean to you? This is a brutally, surprisingly honest movie about honesty, not only in relationships with a significant other (though that's certainly a major part of this), but also with ourselves.

One may be tempted to say Kumail's family are the antagonists of the story. This might be true if one is trying to parse out this or that or the other with the characters, but this is over-simplification. They are an obstacle for Kumail, but really his biggest enemy is himself, how he views what his family has put on him, what his own culture has done to his mind, and at the same time reconciling with being a modern American given all the relative opportunities everyone else has. And it is at heart a love story, but what is likable and appealing is that Nanjani and Gordon cleverly make sure that the attention isn't all gone from having another love story being depicted, that of Emily's parents and their own struggle after so many years of marriage and during a stressful time.

But, of course, this stressful time isn't the only part of why their marriage is frayed (you learn more as it goes on in little bits, and it's important only for character learning/growing sake, so I dare mention it here); Holly Hunter and Ray Romano are the parents, and for the first time ever, by the way, Romano is *affable* and fun on screen. This is my own bias as I wasn't a fan of his sitcom, but more to the point I didn't get his appeal as a star or an actor or any kind of comic presence. Here I actually do as he's playing a guy who is like how one pictures a lot of dads, stumbling over some words in the presence of the guy his daughter's dating (that he's of middle-eastern descent brings up an awkward conversation at the hospital cafeteria that rolls into the biggest laugh of the movie, by the way), but he feels as real as the mother does, and the vulnerability he's in - doing things like writing down as much as he can, every medical term, when the doctors describe what's going on with their daughter - is so thick you couldn't suck it through a straw. He's so good here as is Hunter, as is everyone really, including all of Nanjani's family.

It can be difficult to depict a relationship on film, any relationship, due sometimes to what the genre of a romantic comedy or a romantic drama puts on screenwriters. Nanjani seemed to have his back covered by Apatow as there's not a shred of any of that false BS that comes sometimes into the genre. The main conflict that actually breaks up Kumail and Emily isn't contrived. (Emily by the way as played by Kazan is that lovable girl you might recall from Ruby Sparks, but *very* different here from that, except for the slightly quirky/upbeat persona). As a nitpick, it could be said Kumail's method of how he holds on to these girls his mother tries to set him up with that he refuses, all in a box on his dresser, is the one note that isn't believable, but I can actually buy that it sort of folds into how he is still unsure what to do with so many, many options at his feet (there's even one woman, later in the film, that, at another time or place, could've been the match, but he turns her down in one of those terribly uncomfortable scenes that rings true and is hard to watch).

How can Kumail reconcile this? I felt such empathy for him in this situation even as I had not gone through anything quite like what he went through, since there is still a universality that is felt through expectations from others. How does one stand up for oneself? Is it always so easy? Nanjani is a stand up comic in real life as he is in the film, and stand up at its most prime-cut is about the person on stage making honest connections and, sometimes, opening oneself so that that connection can be made purer (and, often, the laughs much more fulfilling). It's not that Kumail is at all weak as a stand-up when he talks about cheese or things, but it's when he gets his breakthrough about two-thirds of the way in, as he just breaks down on stage and, technically speaking "bombs", that he hits that spot of connection. If he can stand up as a stand-up, so to speak, then he can at least try to move on to the harder stuff, the message might be.

Or, as I originally stated, The Big Sick, a movie filled with funny and truly heart-wrenching moments and characters that all feel richly developed (even the parents and Kumail's brother, who kind of are types deep down, but nevertheless given wonderful personality by the actors playing them), it's all about the truth and how it sometimes just isn't easy, at all. It may be slightly mis-marketed as a romantic comedy though; it has romance and comedy, but at the same time the drama overwhelms and takes over that. It's not a classifiable movie except that, well, it's a Judd Apatow production - sharp, brutally honest writing, and a few s*** and d*** jokes here and there (and here less than usual). It's one of his best and a triumphant calling card for Nanjani as a leading man. 9.5/10
Lead actor bombs the film
Ironically, Kumail Nanjiani, the lead actor in this film stands out as a terrible actor against the fantastic talent of Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, and Holly Hunter. I say, "Ironically," because it is the lead actor's project and story! Zoe Kazan is adorable and charming as his love interest, but he is flat and wooden, which has the effect of creating zero chemistry between the lovers in this romance.

Additionally, there are random, out-of-character scenes forced into the story which are unbelievable and clumsy. For example, when Kumail Nanjiani shows up at a drive- thru restaurant, the bit seems like it is from another character in another movie.

Topping all that, the film keeps its emotional connection to the audience at arm's length due to the insensitive directing that seems to prefer the syllable of every written line in lieu of nuance and charm that may have been between the lines.
I loved it!
I just loved this movie. Its billed as a comedy and I did laugh out loud frequently but it is also a touching drama of relationship and illness and the quintessential American story of the immigrant family's son and the white bread girlfriend. It had a very sweet touch, mixing the comedy and drama. Ray Romano was fantastic as the father of the girlfriend and I also really liked the girl, Zoe Kazan. Sorry, this isn't much of a review except to say that it was really very good!
"The Big Sick" is too sweet, funny and deep to miss!
Kumail Nanjiani is a successful stand-up comedian and comic actor (on television and in the movies) and also a writer and podcast host, but after his 2017 romantic comedy, "The Big Sick" (R, 2:00), he may be as famous for his personal life as anything else. Never mind that, before 2017, he already had about 60 acting credits on his resume, dating back to appearing in an SNL sketch in 2008. Since then, he had small roles in films like "Hot Tub Time Machine 2", "Hello, My Name is Doris", "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" and "Fist Fight". He also did a mixture of single appearances and recurring characters in TV series which included "Veep", "Drunk History" and "Garfield and Oates". Along the way, he started getting regular roles in shows like the Emmy Award-winning "Portlandia" and the Emmy and Golden Globe- nominated "Silicon Valley". Nanjiani's comedy has always sprung mostly from his ethnic background as a Pakistani-American and former Muslim, but he used his first opportunity to co-write and star in a feature film to get even more personal and do a semi-autobiographical movie about the difficult and comedic circumstances surrounding his relationship with an American woman named Emily V. Gordon.

Nanjiani plays himself as a stand-up comedian in Chicago. He's having some success (with the help of some Uber driving on the side), but his very traditional Pakistani-American Muslim family wishes he would do something else with his life – like becoming a doctor or a lawyer – and get married. He has his own place (well, one he shares with a fellow comedian played by Kurt Braunohler), but he regularly eats dinner at his family's home, with his brother, Naveed (Adeel Akhtar) and Naveed's wife, Fatima (Shenaz Treasury), and Naveed and Kumail's parents, Azmat (Anupam Kher) and Sharmeen (Zenobia Shroff). At many of those meals, an eligible young Pakistani woman "shows up" to have dinner with the family. Kumail politely tolerates his family's match- making, but he's not interested in any of the women whom his mother invites over. After each of these dinners, he is given a picture of that evening's potential mate and a piece of paper listing her desirable qualities, which he takes home and tosses in a cigar box where they are not seen again, until Kumail opens the box to add the next "resume" to the pile.

At one of Kumail's comedy club appearances, he meets an American girl named Emily (Zoe Kazan). Although neither are looking to start dating anyone, they start spending more and more time together and they fall in love. What Emily doesn't know is that no one else knows about their relationship. When she looks inside that cigar box in Kumail's bedroom and finds out that Kumail hasn't even told his family about her, she asks him if he can imagine them having a future together. It's a question that Kumail can't answer, so Emily breaks up with him. But soon after, Kumail gets a call from one of Emily's friends saying that Emily is sick and has been admitted to the hospital. He's conflicted, but he goes to her. Although she's not happy to see him, a doctor refers to Kumail as Emily's husband and gets him to sign off on placing Emily in a medically-induced coma, a move necessary to treat an aggressive lung infection.

Emily's parents, Beth (Holly Hunter) and Terry (Ray Romano), show up at Emily's bedside the next morning and the whole situation goes from highly unusual to extremely awkward. Beth and Terry know about their daughter's relationship with Kumail and how it ended. Beth makes it very clear that Kumail is unwelcome at Emily's bedside, yet he remains in the hospital waiting room anyway. As Kumail, Terry and Beth wait for news of Emily's condition, Terry eventually starts talking with Kumail… and Beth reluctantly tolerates his presence. Through the long hours and days that the three of them end up spending together, they actually start getting along… but also disagreeing about decisions regarding Emily's care. And as Kumail is trying to navigate a tense relationship with Emily's parents and dealing with her illness, disagreements over the direction of Kumail's life come to a head between him and his parents, and he's also struggling, along with his fellow comedians (played by Bo Burnham and SNL's Aidy Bryant), to earn a spot in the upcoming Montreal Comedy Festival. That's a lot for one guy to handle.

"The Big Sick" is an enjoyable and especially poignant romantic comedy. Besides the unusual situation in which Kumail finds himself regarding Emily (AND her parents!), his professional struggles add breadth to the story, while his relationship with his parents (and the cultural and religious issues that raises) adds depth. The film reminds me of two very good films, the 2004 Bollywood-style drama "Bride & Prejudice" and the 1995 Sandra Bullock rom-com "While You Were Sleeping", but this one has even more to say and features even better acting. Nanjiani is both funny and sympathetic and Kazan's character is adorable, strong, independent and intelligent. And the talented actors who play each set of parents are great in their roles. Director Michael Showalter (who directed the "Red Hot American Summer" movies and "Hello, My Name is Doris") nicely balances the film's humor with its drama and effectively blends the various stories. This movie is too sweet, funny and deep to miss. "A-"
Predictable and not very funny
Pakistani-born actor and stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani has made a film about his own experiences dating a non-Pakistani girl. His family members didn't accept the fact that he loved his girlfriend, and kept on setting up dates with Pakistani girls, as is the custom in that country.

Instead of a drama about the consequences of these culture clashes, Nanjiani made a lighthearted film, following the classic screenplay structure of the romantic comedy. Boy meets girl, falls in love, has to overcome all kinds of setbacks and problems, is rejected by the girl, but keeps on trying, and ultimately succeeds in winning her love. Everything is so predictable that the jokes must be really good to make up for the unimaginative screenplay.

Unfortunately, they're not. I counted one really good joke (about 9/11) and a handful in the category 'not bad'. But overall, this movie lacks the wit and humour that you'd expect from a film that was praised at Sundance. The jokes are flat and the running gags, like the endless parade of Pakistani marriage candidates, are boring.

So, the film is predictable and not very funny. That wouldn't have mattered if Nanjiani had turned his own experiences in a really heartfelt drama about how in some immigrant communities traditional parents try to arrange marriages for their unwilling offspring. And how this can lead to devastating consequences, like parents disowning their children. In 'The Big Sick', this fact is presented in the offhand manner which of course is typical for comedies.

The theme of arranged marriages in immigrant communities made me think of the excellent German/Turkish movie about this subject, 'When we leave'. That film was like a punch in the stomach. 'The Big Sick' is like listening to someone trying in vain to be funny.

There is only one thing I really liked in this film: Holly Hunter's part as the mother of Nanjiani's love interest. The way she completely played everyone else off the screen, for example with a wonderful and completely unexpected outburst of grief-induced anger, was absolutely great.
The best Judd-Apatow-produced rom-com ever.
Not every indie comedy can buffet jokes about The X-Files and ISIS in practically the same breath, but director Michael Showalter does it with understated ease in The Big Sick. Be prepared to chuckle a bit over the pop-cult references and weep a bit over the heroine's hospitalization. Also be prepared to laugh about arranged marriages, Pakistani style, and a meet-cute that doesn't always bring a smile.

The anchor of this layered comedy is Kumail Nanjiani, not only a subtly smooth stand-up comedian but also a handsome leading man, whose low-key approach to ambition and love puts him in the pantheon of heroes who are believable, self-effacing, and charming. The story is built around his courtship of Emily (Zoe Kazan) based on his wife, Emily V, Gordon, who is co-writer of this warm, sentimental and ultimately realistic screenplay.

Perhaps that realism is just what so endeared me to this dramedy because it fairly depicts the humor of competing cultures and the strains of everyday life in stand-up comedy Chicago and the world. Yet, it is lighthearted rather than grim, with comic toss-off lines that beg for a return to the film to enjoy the ones you may have missed.

You may also return to see the star turns of Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Emily's parents, Beth and Terry. The two pros can jump from flip to serious in a flash. They alone are a whole film experience wrapped in another film.

The Big Sick is more mood and tone than plot, a quiet reflection of the complicated lives that face more than decisions about sleeping around or telling your family all about your life. Although you may have experienced the cute lover suddenly rushed to hospital in countless other rom-coms, producer Judd Apatow has made sure you will laugh as you enjoy his iconic comedies, now in a higher form than ever, and wax philosophical at the slings and arrows of love in different cultures.
So much more than a "romantic comedy"
Romance, cultural conflict, betrayal, compassion, and redemption. All neatly wrapped within the context of a comedic memoir. Michael Sholwater did a superb job directing and the writing collaboration between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani gave the audience a wonderfully intimate sense of how the warmth, power, and growth of a couple relationship can expand and strengthen the bonds of family.

No story or movie becomes great without a superb cast. Again Kumail Nanjiani 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 should get an Academy Award for best supporting actress for hers, Ray Romano was excellent as were Zenobia Shroff and Anupam Kher. This was the best movie I've seen in a very long time and just may be the best romantic comedy I've ever seen.
Another boring and predictable love story, this time with a Pakistani person in it.
To paraphrase the leading actress of the movie, "You know that yawning thing that happens when you watch a really boring film? That happened." A lot.

Like a sociopathic child dragging it's torn and half eaten teddy, I too was dragged along to see this movie by my significant other, whose depiction of the film was roughly of "a struggle for acceptance by an interracial couple in the west." Unfortunately, this film was only barely that.

Yes, he is Pakistani. Yes, he is in a not-so-hot interracial relationship. Yes, he seems to be rebelling against the stereotypical beard wearing, head bobbing, rice eating, Urdu speaking family he appears to be a member of, but the depiction seem to stop there.

Firstly, the acting, like watching Bruce Forsyth perv on the dancing on ice girls, was just barely tolerable through all the cringe worthiness and specifically the casting of Zoe Kazan was just plain wrong. I really didn't enjoy watching her; she can barely deliver dialogue, she looked awkward and gaunt the whole time (even when she was well) and there was no chemistry on screen with either Kumail or her on-screen parents. The argumentative scenes were poorly dialogued and seemed too hyperbolic and forced and just showed what an awful actor she is.

Coming onto the story itself, it's basically a story of a Pakistani stand-up comedian whose white girlfriend falls sick, gets better and then everyone is happy - with very little of interest in between. The pathetic little in-depth exploration of cultural differences and intra-customary variations were only ever skid marks on the undies of revelation and portrayed as quippy stereotypes and cheap gags. For example *Pakistani accent* "why don't you grow a beard like your brother" and "oh, Mrs 'whoever' was just driving by and dropped in" (don't forget to roll the R's). Additionally, every brown character in the movie seemed to have a Pakistani accent despite them telling us some were USA born and bred - again this points to the forced and farcical nature of the approach to humour in the movie.

Furthermore, if you've read any of my previous reviews, you'll know I detest medical inconsistencies in movies. I'm sorry but one minute Emily has a chest infection (for which she would have received some anti-inflammatories at some point - I'll come onto why this is important in a minute) and the next minute she's so unwell she's materialised five jargon jabbering Jar Jar Binks style doctors and needs urgent surgery (for god knows what - she had no indication a second ago of empyema/pleural effusion etc and I'm sorry but I've not really heard of just cutting an infection out of someone's lung, even TB isn't managed like that these days!) Then hey presto, Dr House obviously came along and matched the swollen ankle tid-bit from earlier with her apparent "inconclusive biopsy" (again - Huh?) and came up with Adult Onset Still's Disease. Her condition then rapidly improved the minute they gave her some anti-inflammatories - which dare I say she would have got in the ER the minute she walked through the door for her apparent chest infection, so, none of this medical mumbo-jumbo would have happened anyway! Really, if they wanted me to care about her medical condition they should have focused and put some effort into getting the details accurate, because apparently it may actually have happened exactly like that, if this movie really was based on a true story.

However, regardless if the medicine was accurate or depicted well, like an impending meteor the rubbish that ensued whilst Emily was unconscious had already sealed this movie's fate. An obligatory 9-11 related scene could never go amiss here, the bombing out on stage (excuse the pun), the pointless screaming at a PA system over 4 slices of cheese and the overall boring conversations just left me feeling sleepy. I have no idea why the story then suddenly waffled on about Emily's parent's marital issues - what on earth did that have to do with the price of chips?

Overall, this movie picked a great topic to explore but failed miserably at exploring it. The focus here should have been on delving into Pakistani culture, how the second generation are adapting it into Western Culture and how both generations are dealing with this paradigm shift. This should have been a film about Kumail's and Emily's parents bonding and accepting each other's cultures through the eyes of their children, especially as Emily battles for her life. This could have been a movie about the younger American-Indian/Pakistani/whatever generation teaching the older generations of their identity struggle, how they strive to fit into both worlds and how the older generation need to change to be more accepting of this brave new world. Yet, instead this was a film about cheesy quips, borderline racist stereotypes and just the usual white people issues and pointless yelling, boiling down to just being another boring chick-flick type romance movie with some basic comedic moments.

Watch Bend It Like Beckham, East is East, Marigold Hotel or even Bride and Prejudice *sigh* if you expect more exploration of cultural differences. This is barely watchable. 6/10 as the funny bits are funny.
Disarmingly Charming
I have to admit, there was nothing from the marketing of the movie that made me want to see it, but when i saw a 98% approval rating at one movie site, I said "what the heck!" And am I glad I did. So many good emotions were drawn out of me as I watched this disarmingly charming story. LOVED IT!!
Entertaining partially-true story, but very poorly acted
The only positive points for this overrated film was the entertaining fact it's based on how Kumail and Emily met as well as their trials and tribulations.

The pace is very slow and dragged out - 2 hours is way too long for this story.

The writing was poor - bad dialogue, bad humor, dragged out family conflicts, etc.

But the acting was just terrible for all the main leads except Ray Romano, who was the only convincing one. The worst actor was Kumail Nanjiani, and probably should have had a real actor play his role. He was very stale, not funny and un-convincing - even playing as himself.

It's a very generous 5/10 from me.
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