2017 Movie #92: The Big Sick (2017)

2017 Movie #92: The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick is a thoroughly enjoyable and cute rom-com, with just enough depth underneath the surface to elevate the film beyond its genre trappings. Based on the true story of how actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani met his wife (this section of writing is practically obligatory),¬†The Big Sick¬†tells the story of Kumail (Nanjiani, as himself) and Emily (Zoe Kazan, vibrant; the two have excellent chemistry). You see, Kumail is Pakistani and his parents want him to have an arranged marriage with a Pakistani girl; and, just when Kumail reveals the truth of his life to Emily, she falls sick and is put into a coma. Not your average rom-com, and the dark twist would almost feel like the kind of melodramatic twist of a Nicholas Sparks novel if it weren’t based on real events.

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