"The Big Sick" Is A Big Success
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"The Big Sick" Is A Big Success

This based-on-a-true-story romantic comedy is a gem for its genre.

"The Big Sick" Is A Big Success

Reviews have painted "The Big Sick" as a huge hit this summer and for good reason. It may very well be the best film of the season.

Countless elements worked together to create a film the audience will truly get lost in. The chemistry between Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani worked extremely well, and each moment of their relationship felt genuine. The humor in the film was well balanced and never felt forced. A few side recognizable comedians such as Aidy Bryant and Bo Burnham added flare to the film as side characters as well.

Along with the main romantic story arc, a few subplots worked well in the film, such as Kumail's family expecting him to marry a Pakistani woman and the struggle of being an unknown stand-up comedian. An unexpected subplot occurred with Emily's parents, and while it didn't take away from the main story, it wouldn't be missed were it left out. It did however lead to one of biggest laughs of the film during a late night conversation.

Admittedly one of the greatest things about the film was knowing the story was based on how Kumail really got together with his wife. The film was co-written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon themselves.

Some things were exaggerated for the sake of a story, but the major plot point of Emily's coma getting in the way of a new relationship and Kumail spending time with Emily's parents during that illness, is of course true. One super cute real detail is that the pair met when Emily heckled Kumail.

Cuter still, Kumail and Emily got married three months after she woke up from the coma in real life, though not included in the film. Emily met Kumail's parents for the first time after their wedding and was accepted into the family with a small Pakistani celebration.

Romantic comedies are often too formulaic, and/or too forced with their over-the-top comedy. "The Big Sick," however is a marked success for its category and a success in any right. It tells a genuine story told by genuine actors that will surely leave a lasting impression.

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