Review: The Big Sick

The Big Sick, one of this year’s biggest indie hits is now on DVD, On Demand, etc. so if you missed the funny, touching tale of the early dating days of low-key funny guy Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon, you can easily rectify that mistake and watch it tonight.  Spoiler alert: Nanjiani and Gordon are now married and wrote the film together so things do work out. You’ll know Nanjiani, Beta Male, from Silicon Valley and his bantery podcast The X-Files Files. Gordon is deftly portrayed by Zoe Kazan who creates a real presence in a film where she’s largely unconscious.

The two meet, fall in love and unhappily break things off right before Emily must be put into a medically induced coma to save her life from a mystery ailment. Her parents Terry and Beth (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) show up, reasonably freaked out but still bickering with each other about their own marriage. They’re also none too pleased with Kumail on Emily’s behalf since he was hiding that his parents were on a mission to get him into an (unwanted by him) arranged marriage common in Pakistani culture.

It’s no secret I’m not a fan of producer Judd Apatow and I blame him for my beef with the film: why did they have to risk losing one another before they could truly find love? But maybe that’s really my beef with Nanjiani and Gordon. Just love, people. Just love. The leads and Big Sick director Michael Showalter (The StateHello, My Name Is Doris and TBS series Search Party) come together to make a touchingly human film that entertains – even when you already know the ending.

Really, really short review: The Big Sick is very much a love story but also satisfyingly poignant one about health woes, family relationships, and the things that divide us (culture, lies, foolishness, and fear). Now on DVD, digital and On Demand.



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