‘The Big Sick’ is the true romantic story of the comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his current wife Emily (Co-author of the script). The film recounts, in a hilarious and moving tone, the contrast between love and family traditions. Judd Apatow (‘Girls’, ‘Knocked Up’, ‘This is 40’, ‘Bridesmaids’) as a producer he has a reputation for discovering new talent. On this occasion, bet on Kumail Nanjiani, giving us a character that will remain in your heart for a long time. ‘The Big Sick’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has since become the romantic comedy of the year.
After a one-night stand, independent comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani, known from ‘Silicon Valley’) and Emily (Zoe Kazan) meet and fall madly in love with each other. The only problem is that Kumail hides the existence of his new girlfriend from his Pakistani parents who are very traditionalists. They prefer to see their son marry a Pakistani girl. When Emily finds out, she vows that she will never see Kumail again, but Emily suddenly falls ill and is put into a coma. While the doctors search for a solution, Kumail does not depart from her, meeting Emily’s eccentric parents (Ray Romano y Holly Hunter), where little by little, a bond will be created between Kumail and Emily’s parents, which will totally change their lives.
In a sense, the United States is home to a melting pot of communities from around the world. The word North American no longer has a single face or language as in previous years. Many immigrants move to that country without shedding their original cultures, while others adapt quickly (and conveniently) to the well-known “gringo life.” This mixture of cultural situations is the anchor of this comedy, where a dramatic element interrupts a very promising early stage.
Yet Kumal Nanjiani shines through this equally paradoxical mix of total assimilation to the new world and returns to the rigid sources of his home country. Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of the great Elia Kazan, is correct, without reaching the levels of grace that she presented in the wonderful “Ruby Sparks” (2012), written by the same actress.
We appreciate the bohemian side of Holly Hunter and the dramatically effective Ray Romano. Presenting a varied cast, diverse backgrounds and meanings of love, guided by strong personal experiences, without forgetting the family factor that is constantly pushed into the plot.
“The Big Sick” takes its time (the narration probably would have been more efficient if it had been shorter) to allow the viewer to discover the stakes and dilemmas of others. In traditional “arranged” marriages, love is not the basis but rather that feeling is supposed to appear over time. This belief is intrinsically linked to Pakistani culture, although it is no longer lived there. This was evoked with another “true story” in “A Wedding” (2016) by Stefan Streker.
Although the film often takes the tone of the situation comedy, especially during the interactions of the fiancées “arranged” of contenders for Kumal, it shows the cultural difficulties of such situations, forgetting a theme that in my opinion has more validity, that of the Muslim “atheist”.
Film honestly, avoiding the vulgarities that are often used in the genre, respecting an audience that follows this type of film. It is not the classic romantic comedy, it is not a strong drama about social differences, it is a movie that even shows racism with a touch of sincerity, adorned with flowers.
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Review of ‘The Big Sick’ (2017) by Michael Showalter | Cocalecas.net: Film News – Billboard – Reviews – Interviews – Podcast