The Big Sick tells an amazingly awkward and adorable true love story between star and co-writer Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”) and his wife, Emily V. Gordon (played in the movie by Zoe Kazan).
Kumail, a Pakistan-born aspiring comedian, first meets Emily after one of his stand-up routines – and it seems like it’s just going to be a one-night stand. However, their encounter ends up evolving into a real deal type relationship – which only gets complicated by the fact Kumail’s parents are very traditional Muslim parents. They want their son to marry a Muslim girl, and Kumail is too afraid to even tell them that he’s dating a white American girl.
Emily comes down with a mystery illness which lands her in a medically induced coma, which then forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met before…. all while trying to figure out how to handle his feelings for Emily with his parents.
It’s a heartwarming and honest tale with just enough humor to keep it from being to heavy of a film. There’s also nothing quite like The Big Sick out there. It’s original and especially relevant in these times – providing a gentle reminder that love can conquer all – despite vast differences in cultural values.
The film is produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel – so you can expect the same quality of film as you witnessed with their earlier works (“Trainwreck”, “Bridesmaids”). The Big Sick also won the 2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award and is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh with a 98% critic score.
Overall, from the story to the acting (which despite such big names – all feel like relatable and average people) – The Big Sick has a lot of charm and makes for the perfect date night film. The special features are worth noting as well, because with the DVD now out – it’s the perfect stay-home date night movie paired with wine and pizza.
- “A Personal Journey: The Making of The Big Sick” Featurette
- “The Real Story” Featurette
- 2017 SXSW Film Festival Panel
- Cast & Filmmaker Commentary with Actor-Writer Kumail Nanjiani, Writer Emily V. Gordon, Producer Barry Mendel and Director Michael Showalter
- The Big Sick: The Other Stuff
- Deleted Scenes
- The Bigger Sick: Stick Around for More Laughs
The Big Sick arrived on Digital HD September 5 and is out today on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand from Lionsgate.