It’s a good date night movie. Rated R. Appropriate for 18+. Not for people who are sensitive about cursing, mature and sometimes crude humor and frankness about sexuality.
“The Big Sick” is an Amazon Original movie starring real life comedian Kumail Nanjiani who plays himself. Nanjiani also co-wrote the script which is based on his own life experiences. It was produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Michael Showalter.
Kumail is a Pakistani-American living in Chicago and plying his trade as an aspiring professional comedian, while moonlighting (actually, daylighting) as an Uber driver. After one of his shows he meets Emily, a blonde graduate student who shares his wry sense of humor. But the couple’s burgeoning relationship is on a collision course with the expectations of Kumail’s traditionalist family who expect him to submit to an arranged marriage to a Pakistani woman. When Emily becomes seriously ill, Kumail’s commitment to her is brought into focus. Despite the serious sounding story-line, The Big Sick is definitely a comedy, full of quirky dialogue and loveable comic characters, but it is a comedy with a very poignant theme.
Although Kumail Nanjani’s talents are as a stand-up comedian and not necessarily as an actor, he does a fine job and his chemistry with Zoe Kazan (who plays Emily) is delightful. Kazan’s character is cute and quirky and her performance is strong. But best performance are provided by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter who play Emily’s hilariously neurotic parents.
“The Big Sick” is rated “R” for language and adult themes. There are plenty of F-bombs and some other language. There is no nudity but casual sex is assumed to be the norm. However, the movie has a strong moral premise having to do with the nature of love and the importance of honest relationships.
The use of music is sparse and understated but it generally works in the context of this movie.
The story is well crafted although it could have benefited from some trimming. The movie takes too long to get to the central plot line and the pacing gets bogged down at times. At just under two hours it is a bit too long for a small character-driven story.
Like the music, the movie is visually understated but it is very competently shot.
“The Big Sick” is a gentle, wry comedy with a poignant theme. There are no “bad guys” in the film, only flawed but loveable characters. The movie left me with a sense of hope and wonder about the nature of truly committed love.