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The Big Sick (2017)



Critic Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.

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Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and producer by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).

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Critic Reviews for The Big Sick

All Critics (295) | Top Critics (50)

...a universality that should prove broad enough for even the most close-minded of viewers...

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

After a slow start, the film gradually accumulates funny and surprising details, many of them surely drawn directly from life.

August 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Watching this Judd Apatow-produced romcom is like clicking on a for-real YouTube clip of a kitten juggling spoons. Cute. Clever. No wonder The Big Sick has gone viral.

July 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is a hoot. It's a hit. It's a smash.

July 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A hugely enjoyable, lovable comedy.

July 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Big Sick finds plots by losing them. That's its genius. One moment we are in an ethnic satire; the next a romcom; the next a hospital comedy-drama. But that's existence.

July 27, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Sick

What starts like a fresh take on the old "When Harry met Sally" premise soon gets a pretty dramatic and unexpected twist, and ultimately turns out to be based on true events. Every minute in between is funny, sad and very true. Likable, realistic characters and a great script make this a romantic comedy highlight of recent years, while tackling cultural differences and low key racism at the same time. Outstanding.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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A little long, but good movie. Zoe Kazan is great. I have never not liked her in a movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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If there is something that no one can blame this film from being is predictable, since it always finds ways to surprise us with its maturity and sincerity, benefiting from solid performances and a very fine balance between heart and humor to tell us this real-life story.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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