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The Big Sick: A Film With A Big Heart!

July 4, 2017
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This funny and moving film was co-written by stand-up comic Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Emily Gordon (essay writer and producer) and is primarily about a very difficult time in their relationship.  It’s so far my favorite film of 2017 and I consider it a MUST-SEE,  especially for my friends Steve and Chita L. from Sante Fe!

Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) is trying to make it as a stand-up comic and, to make extra money, he is also an Uber driver.  He meets Emily (Zoe Kazan) at one of his sets.  Although they are both not looking for a relationship, their chemistry is so great that they can’t stop seeing each other.  Kumail, however, is a first-generation Pakistani immigrant.  Unbeknownst to Emily, his parents are putting intense pressure on him to marry a Muslim, Pakistani woman.  Due to this cultural and religious clash, their relationship doesn’t appear to have much of a future.  Emily soon suspects this is the case, confronts Kumail, and they have a “big fight” about it.

Suddenly, Emily becomes critically ill with a mysterious illness, is hospitalized, and is placed in a medically-induced coma!  At the hospital, Kumail meets and gets to know Emily’s parents, Terry and Beth (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter).

It’s one of those film where I can’t reveal any more about the plot without spoiling it.  Suffice it to say that it’s a first-rate romantic comedy/drama with very serious themes about the problems immigrant families face, racism, and honesty in relationships.  If you’re ailing from seeing mediocre films lately, “The Big Sick” is the Cure!

This funny and moving film was co-written by stand-up comic Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley") and Emily Gordon (essay writer and producer) and is primarily about a very difficult time in their relationship.  It's so far my favorite film of 2017 and I consider it a MUST-SEE,  especially for my friends Steve and Chita L. from Sante Fe! Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) is trying to make it as a stand-up comic and, to make extra money, he is also an Uber driver.  He meets Emily (Zoe Kazan) at one of his sets.  Although they are both not looking for a relationship, their chemistry is so great that they can't stop seeing each other.  Kumail, however, is a first-generation Pakistani immigrant.  Unbeknownst to Emily, his parents are putting intense pressure on him to marry a Muslim, Pakistani woman.  Due to this cultural and religious clash, their relationship doesn't appear to have much of a future.  Emily soon suspects this is the case, confronts Kumail, and they have a "big fight" about it. Suddenly, Emily becomes critically ill with a mysterious illness, is hospitalized, and is placed in a medically-induced coma!  At the hospital, Kumail meets and gets to know Emily's parents, Terry and Beth (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter). It's one of those film where I can't reveal any more about the plot without spoiling it.  Suffice it to say that it's a first-rate romantic comedy/drama with very serious themes about the problems immigrant families face, racism, and honesty in relationships.  If you're ailing from seeing mediocre films lately, "The Big Sick" is the Cure!

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A Very Funny and Emotionally-Intense Film!

Terrific Ensemble Cast
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