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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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It's not a depressing movie, which is what I was afraid of. It's warm, funny and thoughtful.
It addresses family - what it is and what it means. It addresses how difficult it is to define yourself as a person who has a different plan than the plan your parents want for you.
I have been a caregiver, and the hospital scenes were very realistic. You have to make a tough decision, and there's no time to consult with anyone. There's a lot of waiting around. There's a lot of trying to understand what all the doctors and medical professionals are telling you. There are a lot of emotional outbursts. There's constant uncertainty.
There is a happy ending. Thankfully, this is no "Love Story." Thankfully, this is a movie that even non-millennials can enjoy.
I'm not familiar with Kumail Nanjjani, but I'm assuming he brought a lot of his personal experience into this. He and Zoe Kazan seemed to have good chemistry. I know her from "Ruby Sparks," and just that. Holly Hunter is amazing - as always. Ray Romano surprised me with the depth he brought to his role.
It was nice to watch a romance that wasn't saccharine or stupid.
Keeping Kumail's family from coming off as fanatic was tricky and masterfully handled. Yes, his parents insist he marry a Pakistani girl--and, in a very funny side story, his mom arranges for a constant stream of single Pakistani girls to drop by since they "just happen to be in the neighborhood." But the Muslim family is neither rigid nor extremist; rather, they come across much like so many loving parents with very definite opinions on their children's choices. Even the loser roommate is impossible to dislike. So with an entire cast of likeable characters and a plot based on a wonderful, unlikely (and real-life) romance, how could this movie not be a winner? Watch it AT LEAST once!
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.
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The cast for this movie was perfect.