THE BIG SICK (2017) – My rating: 8/10

Didn’t think I’d like the Big Sick, but I was wrong — The Big Sick was a great romantic comedy.  A comedian from Pakistan and a White girl living in Chicago meet, fall in love and all hell breaks loose.  It’s a pretty good concept and it’s based on a real life couple’s story.  Everything about this film was good.  We get to see how stubbornness, tradition and love can work together for the greater good while teaching some valuable lessons.

Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) is a standup comedian (for real) who drives for Uber in the day and performs standup at a Chicago comedy club at night.  Also, Kumail is Pakistani and very close to his family and family traditions, NOT.  Being a Muslim immigrant, his parents set him up with many Pakistani women, thereby emulating their Pakistani tradition of an arranged marriage.  However, after meeting Emily (Zoe Kazan), (not a Muslim) heckling him while sitting in the audience of the comedy club, they began a relationship that turned into more than they meant for it to be. Of course, Kumail didn’t tell Emily about his parent’s pursuit of never ending Pakistani women for the grand prize of his hand in marriage.  As their relationship grew closer, Kumail’s parents began to wonder if their son was crazy, especially when they set him up with the most desirable, beauty on a long waiting list of eligible bachelorettes and he still didn’t bite.

 From this point, Emily has to learn if there’s any future for her with Kumail but first she gets terminally ill and her parents, Terry Gardner (Ray Romano) and Beth Gardner (Holly Hunter) show up and develop their own relationship with Kumail, which doesn’t go well in the beginning.  We are hanging on the edge of our seats because we won’t know the outcome of Emily’s illness or whether her parents finally accept Kumail or not.  Additionally, there’s Kumail’s parents, Azmat (Anupam Kher) and Sharmeen (Zenobia Shroff).  What happens when they find out about this non Pakistanian relationship?  Can Kumail survive being thrown out of his family or do they forgive him?  There’s a lot going on in this movie — I urge everyone to see The Big Sick, it’s delightful, funny and entertaining.  It gives us to an opportunity to revisit some of our  long standing traditions to determine if “maybe it’s time for a change”.

 

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