The Big Sick is one of the better romantic comedies to ever come around in the genre. It is incredibly funny and deals with relationships in an honest way, but it isn’t afraid to also tackle heavier material like religion and illness that packs a powerful and emotional punch. Click through to read my full review
Kumail Nanjiani (played by himself) is an aspiring stand-up comic and part-time Uber driver in Chicago when he meets Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his shows. They end up falling for each other, but Kumail is hesitant to progress the relationship due to his heritage and family. Kumail is Pakistani and his parents keep attempting to push him into an arranged marriage by bringing a new Pakastani girl each time to their family dinners. He knows if he tells his family that he’s dating a white woman they will exile him from the family which he can’t bare to lose. Emily finds out about all this and after a big fight between Kumail and Emily, she gets sick and has to go into a medically induced coma. As Kumail tries to figure out how he feels about Emily, he also strikes up an unlikely and awkward relationship with Emily’s parents, Terry (Ray Romano) and Beth (Holly Hunter), who have come into town to care for their ailing daughter.
I loved every part of this movie. Every character feels like a person, not an actor acting. The writing is sharp and smooth. The story goes in unexpected ways that at times will you have your eyes watering from laughter to then watering from an emotional moment. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are fantastic as the parents of Emily. And Kumail really flexes his acting muscle and gives an incredible performance. I know him previously from watching his stand up and seeing him in smaller roles here and there, but I was pleasantly surprised by the range he has an actor in this film. Hopefully, this movie will catapult him to a level of stardom that his talent deserves.
And the crazy thing is that, as crazy as the story is, this is based on a true story! It’s written by Kumail and his wife Emily Gordon and since it’s about something they went through together it brings a true sense of realism onto the screen. Most romantic comedy just have coincidences that bring the leads together, but this movie is much different. Once you know the story of Kumail and Emily watching the movie seems like it should almost be considered a biopic. I suspect this movie will be getting some heavy awards love towards the end of the year for the screenplay. This is one of those movies I could see becoming a classic in the genre and people talking about for years to come.