The Big Sick

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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  • ★★★★ review by ellie on Letterboxd

    i never thought i'd say this but ᶜᵃⁿ ᴵ ᵍᵉᵗ ᵘʰʰʰʰ adopted by holly hunter and ray romano

  • ★★★½ review by brat pitt on Letterboxd

    i nutted so hard every time the x files theme played

  • ★★★★ review by cathy on Letterboxd

    i thought that holly hunter had already blessed mankind enough with her voice but then she went and ended every racist frat boy in existence? she is too generous!

  • ★★★★ review by SilentDawn on Letterboxd


    The distinction here is 'truth'. This is a real tale, written about real personalities and events and moments, but The Big Sick is imbued with a gentle understanding of what makes itself effective for the silver screen. It's achingly aware of the story's limitations, the balancing act between comedy and drama, and its gradual moral resolve. But above all else, the film never attempts a certain level of vérité or overt naturalism. It moves and plays with a tremendous amount of grace, especially in an early relationship montage which moves like a little snapshot of liquid feeling, and it commits to the realities of the situation, but never to a fault.

    It's even more interesting structurally. The first-half reeling you in, the second-half re-orchestrating past conceptions, and a denouement built for emotional whiplash. The Big Sick is possibly the sweetest movie to ever desire a savage removal of your tears, and even then, you welcome it. Writing, casting, and the non-intrusive melancholy of its visual language are all lovely. That the story's real, and played that way, just makes the heart flutter all the more.

  • ★★★★½ review by adrianbalboa on Letterboxd

    i saw a matinee of this with a crowd of old people and you know which joke got the biggest laugh? i'll give you a hint: it was about hugh grant

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