The Big Sick
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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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I have been on both sides of this stick. This is very good and honest. I expect many closed cultures like his to leave rude and extreme comments, because unspoken truths were told. This is a masterpiece, he should be proud of this. Kumail is a true American. Look at the African Elon Musk, he also became an American and look what he has done for his country. I like how Kumail touched on that point. Most other cultures and countries in the world have their identity linked to the color of their skin, type of hair, shape of eyes, passport, language, and the like. True Americans can be born in any country and look like any race. You can speak with any accent and still be a REAL American. Kumail touched on that point, he said he felt and thought American yet his family saw that as a flaw in him.
However on the other side Emily saw that he was not quite yet fully American. However her stance came from a place of ignorance. She did not know that he would excommunicated like a person would who is in scientology. He had his eyes open and understood that if he became American he would lose his family. That is what is ironic.
Americans love their family and would never excommunicate a son because he became agnostic or dated a girl who was white, ideally. This is a case where Americans did that but you could tell they were fighting it. Like when the mother made him his favorite food for his trip but would not look at him.
As the lead in Comrade Detective said "American is an ideology, for that take the whole nation to fight". When he said "I think that is stupid, it does not make any sense." When he was talking to his parents about stupid rules and why come to America if you do not want to be an American. That was great. When my grandmother came here from Russia she wanted nothing more than to be an American and her kids to be Americans not Russian first or even their religion first.
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!
The Big Sick reminds me of the great date-night movies from the 1990's. It brings emotional depth with laughs the entire way through. This is a modern-day, true story that everyone with a family can relate to, whether you've been in an inter-racial couple or not. Love is love, and family is crazy, lol.
Movies today have forgotten how to make us laugh, cry, and fall in love in the same hour. I want to see more movies like this one PLEASE!
It has heart, and soul, and after watching it an entire month ago, I'm just now writing this review. How many movies do you even remember after a month? Hoping to watch it again. Would recommend it!