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, Offensive language & sexual references119 minsUSA
ComedyRomance
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Reviews & comments

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.

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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.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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

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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
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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

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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
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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

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

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

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

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

2.0
0

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

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

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

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