Joel’s review of The Big Sick (2017)

We watched The Big Sick (2017) starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano through Amazon Prime. I watched the first 20 minutes of it on the plane ride down to Houston in November, but never got around to finishing it. I’m glad, because my wife and I could now watch the entirety together.

It’s an interesting film, and too, it’s loosely auto-biographical — the film is loosely based on the real-life courtship between Nanjiani and Gordon. Kumail Nanjiani is a Pakistan-born comedian and is married to Emily V. Gordon, and they both wrote the screenplay. Kumail plays… Kumail, a Pakistan-born comedian living in Chicago, doing stand-up sets and driving as an Uber driver to make ends meet. His Pakistani parents (wonderfully acted by Anupam Kher and Zenobia Shroff) want him to get married and get a real career at this point. A hilarious running gag through most of the film is Kumail’s mother inviting available women over to meet Kumail. Despite all this, he meets Emily at one of his shows, and they hit it off. They soon have imperfect relationship, but it works for them. Emily gets sick, and Kumail soon meets her parents, played by Hunter and Romano. Soon enough, you’ve got two people trying to figure out their lives, and pushed and pulled between both sets of parents.

The acting by everyone was great. The story in engaging. You get sad when Emily gets sick. The jokes are good. Definite recommendation.

The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick (2017)

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