In typical romcom fashion we see romance blossom, heartbreak followsÂ and a happily ever after. Â The Big Sick heads down this typical path with muslim boy meets American girl, boy and girl break up, and then throws a massive curve ball whenÂ girl is put into a self induced coma for majority of the movie.
The film is based on the true story of the co-writersÂ Kumail NanjianiÂ and Emily V. Gordon who are also married.Â Kumail is a muslim stand up comedian who also moonlightsÂ as a Uber driver in Chicago to make ends meet. He meets Emily at one of his gigs where she “heckles” him during his routine and they go home together.
After both agreeing it would be a one time thing, the romance continues to blossom whilst behind the scenes,Â Kumail’s family are oblivious to the relationship and try to set him up with a nice Pakistani girl for an arranged marriage. For fear of being thrown out of the family like his cousin who married a white girl, Kumail didn’t tell his family about Emily and continued to file away the photos of the bevy of Pakistani beauties who were all vying for his attention.
Emily finds out that Kumail hasn’t told his family about her and an arranged marriage is being planned for him. They break up and we see Kumail continuing his stand up comic career, his parents introducing him to more potential wives and him secretly dating white American girls on the side.
One night he receives a call from Emily’s friend who tells him Emily is in hospital and no one can go and sit with her. Kumail heads to the hospital to hear that she has a serious infection and needs to be put into an induced coma to beat the infection. Kumail’s job is now to inform Emily’s parents Terry (Ray Romano) and Beth (Holly Hunter) who seem to know about him and the break up. After a frosty introduction, the second half of the movie sees another storyline evolving with the relationship between Kumail and Emily’s parents.
There is a scene at the comedy club where Kumail is performing on the night that will have you in absolute stitches. This scene is the scene that cements the relationship between Kumail and Emily’s parents and takes a whole new level.
We also find out about Emily’s parents relationship and that it too comes with a little heartbreak.
The Big Sick is full of hilarious one liners that will have you belly laughing in your seat (don’t miss the 9/11 chat) but there are some tender moments in the film when Kumail reflects on his love for Emily in the time of despair.
The family and friends in Kumail’s life all add personality and funny moments to The Big Sick storyline. Kumail’s battle between his love for his family and his love for Emily is underlining throughout the movie and it is only at the end that we finally see Kumail making decisions that will determine where his future lies. But will everyone be happy about it?
The Big Sick opens in cinemas today, 3rd August across Australia and is the perfect date night or catch up with the girls film!