The Big Sick

The Big Sick

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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.

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andreajesse
Jan 13, 2018

Easily the best movie of 2017. I am normally drawn to more "arty" films, but I had heard good things about this movie, so I gave it a shot. It strikes the perfect balance of funny and heartfelt. It is never schmaltzy. And it is never played just for laughs. All laughs are part of the story. It helps that Kumail Nanjiani plays himself - a stand-up comedian. We get to watch his set and those of other hilarious comedians. The funniest line came from one of the comedians called out for not being funny when explaining to Kumail why a coma might be beneficial to his girlfriend. I had a few laugh-out-loud moments which is rare for me. Kumail is funny. This we know. But did you know he can act? Sometimes, I think comedians make the best actors because they, more than anyone, understand timing. Zoe Kazan (granddaughter of Elia Kazan) is pitch perfect as the girlfriend. Ray Romano is funny and gives a great performance as the girlfriend's dad. It was great to see Holly Hunter again as the neurotic mother. The movie offers insight into the life of a Pakastani immigrant family, but none of it too serious. Timely elements are addressed like Isis and presumed involvement based on how Kumail looks and talks. It is all handled really well. Spoiler alert - I understand the real Kumail and his girlfriend/wife wrote the script based on real-life events. Truth is funnier than fiction. This is a must-see.

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JessicaTB
Jan 12, 2018

Quirky, cute and low key. overall - this was good.

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lavasushi
Jan 09, 2018

I don’t really like romantic comedies. I didn’t really like Kumail Nanjiani (Kumail) because he seemed shallow and pointless. I thought I knew what was going to happen, and it did. Formulaic and sappy.

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Ichigaga
Jan 01, 2018

The main plot line, the illness of the girlfriend, was almost lost compared to the main character's issue with his families expectations. So it lacked an emotional impact. But see it just for Holly Hunter! She brings an intensity that the other characters lacked. Man she is good.

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annod
Dec 27, 2017

Adorable movie. Was really impressed that the comedian was playing himself in a story about how he and his wife met. Really sweet movie, and don't miss the interview with husband and wife in the Special Features section.

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wildct2003
Dec 26, 2017

Very good film based on true events.

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Lucik32
Dec 25, 2017

I had no idea that the main character is playing himself in the movie. Kinda a miss that she is played by an actress and not playing herself (if her husband does).
Anyway had few laughs, but otherwise I did not find this worthy of my time. Def not worth of the wait in a line of 613 people at the library. Glad I got to skip the line (available on Amazon prime).

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graybear1
Dec 21, 2017

Recommended! Funny (not laugh-out-loud; more chuckles) and quite charming. A good romantic comedy movie that would make a great date-night viewing. Not your common "saintly-person-gets-deathly-ill" movie. Good acting and comedic timing by all. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as one of the leads' parents have a romance message of their own.

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greatflicks
Dec 18, 2017

Started very slow and almost turned it off as being a boring chick flick. However we stuck with it and turned out to be very nice. A very nice ending so if you have nothing better to do give it a try.

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Crod939
Dec 16, 2017

Kumail Nanjiani is super sweet, funny, and charming. I hope to see him in many more films. The story is really entertaining, and Zoe Kazan is great as well.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

I grew up in Pakistan. And people are always asking me, what was that like? Really not that different from here. I mean, we played cricket, which is just a spicier version of baseball. And we prayed a lot. Well, not a lot. Just five times a day. And we marry someone our parents find for us, arranged marriage, you know? But for me, it was probably that we got episodes of knight rider a little bit later. And by "little bit later," I mean we just got episode two.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

I was in bed with my girlfriend and I was trying to mansplain to her that, you know, we-we are on one little rock orbiting one star in a galaxy of a billion stars in a universe full of a billion galaxies. You know, so I forgot your birthday. Who gives a shxt? Like, you are cosmically overreacting to this.
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But yelling anything at a comedian is considered heckling. Heckling doesn't have to be negative.
=So, if I, if I yelled out, like, "you're amazing in bed!" That'd be a heckle?
Yeah. It would be an accurate heckle.
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They called me Chashmullee.
-What is that?
It roughly translates to "dweeb."
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We haven't even had sex again yet.
-Yeah, I'm just not that kind of girl. I only have sex once on the first date.
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Oh. I wonder who that could be.
- Yeah.
Let me check.
- I don't know. I'm guessing it's a young, single Pakistani woman who just happened to be driving by our house, which is on a cul-de-sac.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

I never knew that Pakistan had the world's largest irrigation system.
-Yeah, something like 14 million hectares are being irrigated.
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What's the whole thing with Muslims growing beards, anyway? It's such an arbitrary thing, right? Like, who decided that, oh, we have to have beards.
-Oh. But you'll do... So, there's a billion of us and you're the only one with the truth. Is that right? So, the sun is just shining down on you right now. It's just parting.
You know, I have to tell you something, bhai.
-Here we go. Yeah.
I've been dating this girl.
-Sure.
She's white.
- Oh. I thought you were gonna say you were involved in a hit-and-run or you got caught forging some checks, but a white girl?! … Listen, I understand. You're in America, and you want to mow a few lawns and see what it's like, but eventually you have to marry a Pakistani girl.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

You know what we call arranged marriage in Pakistan, Emily?
-Marriage.
Okay? We just call it marriage. There's another type of marriage. It's called love marriage and that's bad. My cousin, Rehan, married an Irish woman and he was kicked out of the family. Nobody is allowed to talk to him.
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People say, "Sam... You're gonna love it. This kid, you're gonna have a kid, he's gonna be your best friend." A best friend that-that pukes on you and shxts everywhere and is constantly screaming. I already have friends like that.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

When I was a kid, piece of chalk and a pavement, and that's your entertainment. Hopscotch. Tic-Tac-toe. Throw the chalk at Jimmy. There you go. Three games right there.
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I want to name my kid void so he won't be able to cash any of his paychecks. "I'm sorry, sir, this says void on it." "But that's my name. Curse you, father!"
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Why did you bring me here if you wanted me to not have an American life? We come here, but we pretend like we're still back there. That's so stupid.
- Don't you talk to your mother like that.
You don't care what I think. You just want me to follow the rules. But the r... the rules don't make sense to me. I don't pray. I don't. I haven't prayed in years. I just go down there and I play video games.
-You don't believe in Allah?
I don't know what I believe, dad. I don't know. And I can't marry someone you find for me.
-And why not?
Because I am in love with someone. I am. Her name is Emily

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