Movie Review “The Big Sick”

“The Big Sick”

Release Date:  July 14, 2017 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R (for language, including some sexual references)

 

“The Big Sick” is a gem of a film.

The critically acclaimed flick is holding its own this summer movie season, with its success largely due to word-of-mouth marketing, as folks who have seen this romantic comedy are quick to tell others about this little film that “you just have to see.”  So, count me among them. 

“The Big Sick” is that rare film in which all the components come together – the writing, performing, directing – all spot-on.  The fact that the story is based on true events is icing on this cinematic cake. 

We care so much about the lead characters, portrayed by Kumail Nanjani (who co-wrote the film with his wife, Emily V. Gordon) and Zoe Kazan, that when her character undergoes a medically induced coma, we are pulling for her as well as for the couple’s relationship, which has also found its way to intensive care. 

Kudos to director Michael Showalter for his fine choices and for handling deftly such well-crafted material and stellar performances.   

Look for Oscar nominations all around for this one, including for supporting actors Ray Romano and Holly Hunter.

When it comes to a significant departure from box office blockbusters and a detour from an abundance of big screen superheroes, “The Big Sick” is just what the doctor ordered.