The Big Sick is an auto biopic about comedian/rideshare operator Kumail Nanjiani and how an ex girlfriend Emily’s (Zoe Kazan) medical emergency made him challenge his approach to his career, his relationships (familial and romantic), and his self expression. In addition to navigating his performance art and swerving his parents’ (played by Zenobia Shroff and Anupam Kher) attempts to arrange his marriage, he awkwardly comforts Emily’s parents (played by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) during her crisis.
-The Humor: There is no shortage of serious moments in this film, however the humor that accompanies it is clutch! Whether it’s an awkward glance or perfectly timed comedic response to uncomfortable scenarios, with every dose of medicine there is a spoonful of sugar to pull a laugh out of you just as you’re on the verge of tears(you tears, not me).
-The Comedy: The portrayal of the comedy game, in general, was perfect! Accurately establishing the comedy scene as an environment without making it a movie all about the scene was appreciated. It was great to see genuine moments that only happen among comedians (i.e. Talking shit about a comic who does the same material every night but when he steps off stage it’s all “wow you crushed!”) used supplemental to illustrate characters and conflicts, as well as move the story along.
-The Culture: Kumail’s Pakistani heritage and culture are presented in a similar fashion as the comedy culture: insightful but not overbearing. The closest moment to a “culture class” on Pakistan was introduced in the form of an awkward one-man show (redundant, I know) and we as the audience connect with his audience in not-connecting. Also, his family’s immersion in Pakistani culture and Kumail’s immersion of American culture create the perfect conflict in the story.
-the Tropes: boy-meets-girl meet cute: check, “I’m-moving-to-another-city-so-we-might-not-last”: check. Jump-cut-to-sex: check. While this is based on a true story, there are times it seems that story is filtered to fit into the rom-com narrative, which can be be overall forgiven and overlooked, but still worth noting because these moments stand out, in between the tears (again, you tears, not me tears)
-Best Lead Actor:Kumail Nanjiani
-Best Supporting Actress: Holly Hunter
-SNUBBED- Seriously,they’re some hoes for that.