We persisted and finally saw “The Big Sick”. Dots, Popcorn, Hot Dogs, and staying up past our bedtimes…
A few years ago a co-worker said to Lauren, “If they made a movie about your life, what would make the cutting room floor?” “The Big Sick” is the real love story of Kamali Nanjani (played by himself) and Emily (played by Zoe Kazan). We both enjoy hearing the couple’s love story. Kamali and Emily get the opportunity to show us what makes the cutting room floor in theirs. The problem with it is that parts of their relationship that made the cutting room floor created a film that was disjointed in some parts and a story that went on too long in others. Dion and I felt as if we are at a dinner party with a couple that spent the night telling us every intimate detail about how they met.
Kamali meets his future wife’s family in an unconventional way, and in the midst of it all they spend time learning how the cultural divide both ethnic and geographic will be an enduring part of romance. How we move past the divide to understand the purity of love and its trials was a moment of intimacy between Kamali and Beth (played by Holly Hunter) that might have been overlooked by the audience.
The ending of the film seemed rushed and left out an essential detail that left a few in the audience asking, “How did she end up in New York?” If you are going to tell the story about your relationship, that would be an important detail to include. We were on the edge of our seats waiting…two hours in, we were committed to hearing the end of this long story.
From the desk of Dr. Metzger:
There is a reason why plot lines are added in film adaptations of true stories. It’s because otherwise it can get boring. “The Big Sick” needed something.
It dragged and even the heavy hitter comedians in the cast couldn’t pick it up. The one thing I did enjoy was having a seat at the dinner table of the main character’s Pakistani family. The comedy, the reminder of the parental sacrifice and the pressures for the next generation to be “professionals” are things that all us children of immigrants can relate to. This film had potential with the families on both sides being entertaining but the main characters kept it flatlined. I left the theatre wondering what I could have watched on Netflix instead. It’s a no for me.
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano
Runtime: 120 minutes
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