The Big Sick Reviews
and remember you shouldn't heckle comedians.
9/11? I'm totally anti
She could kill his connections with his family, while his family never must know anything about them. She is not a Pakistani, right?
So, this rather cute film, with a serious undertone, is excellently paced. There are many happenings here, Emily's hospital visit is key but the two families that are mashed togheter in pretty suddenly is also big features. It's witty and cute. It's well acted and it has some message. Not too cliche-filled, it's very bearable and as a whole it works. Plenty of movie references and nice dialogue. The whole culture clash is both difficult and realistic and the fact that it's based on our lead's real life story is pretty cool. This is not the romcom you should feel shameful for liking.
7 out of 10 giraffes.
The Big Sick was produced by Judd Apatow, who doesn't need much of an introduction, but his influence felt apparent in this movie. I look forward to seeing more from these two as they seem to share a very funny, intelligent, and heartfelt style of storytelling.
In The Big Sick, Showalter proves again that he has a knack not only for comedy, but for drama. For me personally, the majority of the movie was a gut wrenching experience. It was raw, relatable, and emotionally draining. There is nothing worse than helplessly watching someone you love deal with a life threatening illness in the hospital -- and thanks to the top-notch acting and honest writing -- that's exactly what watching this movie felt like. If it wasn't for the charm and humor of this extremely talented cast and crew, this would have been a real grind to get through.
The reason I say I won't be quick to recommend it is because I respect the fact that most people aren't always looking for a movie that challenges them intellectually or emotionally, including myself. Sometimes you just want to turn your brain off for a few hours and watch some robot giants vaporize a few zombie aliens -- i get that. While I did come away from this movie feeling uplifted, grateful, and inspired, those were the payoffs for spending a lot of time going into the darker places of my mind. Most people who ask me for movie recommendations aren't always seeking that. Shindler's List is one of the best movies I've ever seen, but when someone asks me for a movie recommendation that usually isn't what they are looking for.
With all of that said, I really loved this film. It was based on the real-life romance between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. It explored the experience of a first generation middle-easterner in post 9-11 America, a young man dealing with the pressure of generations of family tradition and following his own heart instead of his parents expectations. If you are looking for a Michael Bayesq movie, avoid this at all costs. If you want to earn your emotional payoff instead of having it handed to you on a plate, check it out.