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The Big Sick

by on March 2, 2018
MPAA Rating

2 Hours (120 minutes)

Plot Synopsis

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.

Production Studios

Apatow Productions (as Apatow Films), FilmNation Entertainment, Story Ink


I put off The Big Sick for as long as possible. My fear was the possibility I’d not enjoy it as much as the hype that led me to watch it in the first place…much like the film Trainwreck. My fears were realized. It was different yes, but a tad overrated. This is not your typical , “My culture is different from your culture” romantic comedy (Outsourced). What makes it different is the female protagonist is swapped with her parents in thee most organic…natural way I’ve seen…Kinda. I guess, I wish there was some foreshadowing to her health problems. Maybe I missed them?

The film was able to do something quite rare in regards to romantic-comedies for me. It made me genuinely care about its characters. It had a story full of tender people, as well stark ones. We were taken on a journey that revealed just how far society has yet to go too. Mostly, the movie works for the reason that all the best romantic-comedies do: the couple falls in love and we with watching them, there’s drama with Kumail and Emily and want them to stay together. With the added familial conflict, we cared about her parents too.

This film has a big heart and as a writer it showed me there are still new territories to explore in romantic comedies; it just takes someone willing to take a risk and seek them out.


Director: Michael Showalter
Writers: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe KazanHolly Hunter, Ray Ramono

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