The Big Sick

The Big Sick

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The Big Sick

Director Michael Showalter and co-writer/co-star Kumail Nanjiani (TV's Silicon Valley) reteam for this Judd Apatow-produced culture clash rom-com, a Sundance hit.

"Based on the true story of the film’s writers (and real-life couple), Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, this modern culture clash shows how Pakistan-born Kumail (Nanjiani) and his American girlfriend, Emily (Kazan), have to overcome the expectations of his family and their 1,400-year-old traditions. As his parents relentlessly set him up with potential brides for an arranged marriage, Kumail navigates treacherous waters in the worlds of both dating and stand-up comedy." (Sundance Film Festival)

Winner of the Audience Award (Festival Favourites), 2017 SXSW Film Festival
2017Rating: M, Coarse language and sexual references119 minsUSA
ComedyRomance
90%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Sometimes the obstacles movie characters have to overcome in their stories turn out to be impediments to audiences enjoying them, or at the very least, thinking they will. The Big Sick is a case in point - as someone who’s not a huge rom-com fan, seeing one in which cross-cultural romance and a girlfriend in a coma are major plot drivers, wouldn’t normally appeal to me. I say this right up front, because if they’d similarly pose a problem for you, just promptly ignore them and see this funny, unique, and honest film anyway.

4.0
0

Give this a miss. Starts well but after 20-30 mins loses its way and never recovers

2.0
0

The Big Sick

THE BIG SICK is a solid romantic comedy that's smartly written, well acted and has a lot of heart. Kumail Nanjiani is fantastic playing himself (the film is based on a true story). Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are great as the girlfriend's parents. Zoe Kazan isn't in the film a whole lot but she was pretty good too. I don't laugh at comedies a lot, but...

4.0
0

awkward rom com's are my fav

I so enjoyed this and it was surprisingly deeper than I expected it to be. Touching on difficult subject matter without turning it into sentimental crassness. The two leads and the parents are just engaging and wonderful but then i'm a complete sucker for the awkward romantic tearjerkers. Saw this with other females as part of the 'Girls Night out' and...

4.0
0

My companions enjoyed it....

but i certainly didn't. Yes there were moments of humour and delight but, well, it is a rom com and not a great one at that. Bizarrly it's true which is so strange given that the whole story is completely unbelievable - but that is how most rom coms are. SO - full disclosure - I hate rom coms but I got out voted by my companions.

2.0
0

a clever rom-com that laughs where few dare to tread

Just when you give up on ever seeing something original in the overcrowded romantic comedy genre along comes something fresh and clever. But what is so funny about being a Muslim or being placed in an induced coma? The double-edged sword of stand-up comedy works brilliantly in The Big Sick (2017), a story that finds intelligent inter-racial humour where few...

4.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

Infused with honesty and authenticity, Michael Showalter's crowd-pleaser is an instantly winning heart-stealer and a superbly well-timed story of culture clash that resolves into a lovely tale of mutual understanding and acceptance.

0
Variety

Variety

press

“The Big Sick” ranks alongside the very best of producer Judd Apatow’s oeuvre and marks a significant step up in maturity and groundedness for helmer Michael Showalter.

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

The Big Sick doesn't need resuscitation from cheap jokes; its strength comes from a deeper place.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Already, The Big Sick is scoring points on familiar rom-com territory, so when it suddenly morphs into a completely different film - a bracingly sophisticated one - you'll want to cry with happiness. (The real tears will come soon enough.)

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A funny and tender drawn-from-life love story.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Is funny but not laugh-out-loud hysterical, and it’s moving but not enough to bring you to tears.

0
Collider

Collider

press

'The Big Sick' is hilarious, surprisingly emotional, and it has a big heart. I can't wait to see it again.

0
Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Sometimes the obstacles movie characters have to overcome in their stories turn out to be impediments to audiences enjoying them, or at the very least, thinking they will. The Big Sick is a case in point - as someone who’s not a huge rom-com fan, seeing one in which cross-cultural romance and a girlfriend in a coma are major plot drivers, wouldn’t normally appeal to me. I say this right up front, because if they’d similarly pose a problem for you, just promptly ignore them and see this funny, unique, and honest film anyway.

4.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

Infused with honesty and authenticity, Michael Showalter's crowd-pleaser is an instantly winning heart-stealer and a superbly well-timed story of culture clash that resolves into a lovely tale of mutual understanding and acceptance.

0
Variety

Variety

press

“The Big Sick” ranks alongside the very best of producer Judd Apatow’s oeuvre and marks a significant step up in maturity and groundedness for helmer Michael Showalter.

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

The Big Sick doesn't need resuscitation from cheap jokes; its strength comes from a deeper place.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Already, The Big Sick is scoring points on familiar rom-com territory, so when it suddenly morphs into a completely different film - a bracingly sophisticated one - you'll want to cry with happiness. (The real tears will come soon enough.)

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A funny and tender drawn-from-life love story.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Is funny but not laugh-out-loud hysterical, and it’s moving but not enough to bring you to tears.

0
Collider

Collider

press

'The Big Sick' is hilarious, surprisingly emotional, and it has a big heart. I can't wait to see it again.

0

Give this a miss. Starts well but after 20-30 mins loses its way and never recovers

2.0
0

The Big Sick

THE BIG SICK is a solid romantic comedy that's smartly written, well acted and has a lot of heart. Kumail Nanjiani is fantastic playing himself (the film is based on a true story). Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are great as the girlfriend's parents. Zoe Kazan isn't in the film a whole lot but she was pretty good too. I don't laugh at comedies a lot, but...

4.0
0

awkward rom com's are my fav

I so enjoyed this and it was surprisingly deeper than I expected it to be. Touching on difficult subject matter without turning it into sentimental crassness. The two leads and the parents are just engaging and wonderful but then i'm a complete sucker for the awkward romantic tearjerkers. Saw this with other females as part of the 'Girls Night out' and...

4.0
0

My companions enjoyed it....

but i certainly didn't. Yes there were moments of humour and delight but, well, it is a rom com and not a great one at that. Bizarrly it's true which is so strange given that the whole story is completely unbelievable - but that is how most rom coms are. SO - full disclosure - I hate rom coms but I got out voted by my companions.

2.0
0

a clever rom-com that laughs where few dare to tread

Just when you give up on ever seeing something original in the overcrowded romantic comedy genre along comes something fresh and clever. But what is so funny about being a Muslim or being placed in an induced coma? The double-edged sword of stand-up comedy works brilliantly in The Big Sick (2017), a story that finds intelligent inter-racial humour where...

4.0
0