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This acclaimed comedy is based on the real-life relationship and culture clash between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his future wife, Emily Gordon. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail has to force himself to face her feisty parents, temper his family's expectations, and follow his heart.
From acclaimed producer Judd Apatow (BRIDESMAIDS, TRAINWRECK) comes the film critics are calling ''the funniest date movie of 2017!'' (ROLLING STONE) --Lionsgate
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One of the best things about The Big Sick is that the characters come across as very real people in some very subtle ways. Kumail wants to be a stand-up comic, but at the beginning of the film he's not all that good at it, and his attempt at a one-man play is even worse. He really comes across as someone who has a dream but is a long way from realizing it. By the end of the film though, we can see that he's improving, making more meaningful (and funny) jokes in his stand-up routine and polishing his play to make it more accessible. Emily is a therapist but not that good at handling her own relationship conflicts. Emily's mom can barely stand the sight of Kumail even when he's being helpful. Her dad is more accepting but rather inept at expressing his thoughts and even worse at telling a joke. Kumail's parents are domineering and rigid and only want their son to be what _they_ want him to be, blinding themselves to any other possibilities. They're all very human, flawed but all the more believable because of their flaws. And all of them change before the film ends, not quickly and not without struggle, but at least in enough ways to make you feel optimistic about their future.
Highly, highly recommended.
However, I wanted to feel a little more "big fat greek wedding" about the Pakistani family - we didn't get to know them nearly enough, or maybe the writing didn't introduce us succinctly enough - their characters didn't pop but the acting was great. Maybe it would have been better if they found a more vibrant Pakistani woman to play the mom. Her character is really vital to the story.
The main characters of the film were very good. Zoe was fantastic and no one else could have played Kumail better than himself. The writing for them was authentic and enjoyable.
Sadly, Holly Hunter had very little heart in the film. She's passionate and a great actress but she expressed no authentic joy or love in this movie... and I'm a huge Holly Hunter fan so it was a bummer. She was great at anger but not so great with genuine warmth and love. Ray Romano was awesome, as usual.
Overall, I want to support this film because we need more like it! One of my best friends is originally from Pakistan (grew up in Canada) and her family is beautiful, hilarious, and fun! Great job and keep 'em coming!