Monday, June 26, 2017

The Big Sick




Today's film is called THE BIG SICK.

This film is a romantic comedy in the classic vein. Awkward boy meets awkward girl. Awkward love ensues, only to be interrupted by an awkward problem, but at the last moment, the awkward lovers figure out that they're meant to be, so a hurried and awkward last minute public demonstration of said awkward love happens, which finally cements the duo together, and then we get a sweet final awkward bit of hilarity meant to assure us, the audience, of the awkward couples' re-established and continued love, on and on, forever and ever. The End. Everyone sighs happily.

Obviously, it's a winning formula. Okay, sure, if they're not done right, these types of films can be a bit sappy, trite, and cliched, but THE BIG SICK's secret weapon is that it has the added twist of being based off the true life love story of the writers, and lead actor, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. So, even if it is a bit sappy, trite, and cliched, it's real life stuff, so... doesn't count.

I know what you're thinking... Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon? Who?


Emily has worked on shows, produced shows, and generally worked behind the scenes on stuff. You may have seen her occasionally on talk shows and food/home shows. Kumail has been in TV shows and movies. He's an actor, voice actor, stand-up comedian, and writer. Together, the pair had a podcast about Gaming called The Indoor Kids. They're Hollywood people that have lived and worked in the Industry for awhile now, so that's why their first film is directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow. Actually, it's probably not all that surprising that Judd Apatow produced this, as he seems to produce everything that doesn't have superheroes, explosions, or monsters in it.

The film also stars Holly Hunter, who is awesome, Ray Romano, an actor who I try not to hold their old sitcom against, and Zoe Kazan, who is charming, but was in Ruby Sparks, which is one of the most execrable movies ever made, and it's really hard for me to forget that.

...God damn, I hate that movie...

Anyway, all of that aside, I'm interested. This film looks good. Plus, the word on the street is all pretty positive.

The synopsis, however, are terrible.

Here's IMDB's: A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. That's it? Somebody needs to be fired for giving so little of a shit.

Here's Wikipedia's: The Big Sick is based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily Gordon. Kumail's traditional Pakistani Muslim family is unhappy with his relationship with Emily, a White American. When Emily is waylaid by a mysterious illness, Kumail must take charge of the crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry, whom he barely knows. That's a little better, but even a single watch of the trailer shows how incomplete that is.

You know what? Let's just watch the trailer...


See? That's cute, right?

There seems to be a good balance of comedy and drama going on here, as most "based on real life" stories should. I like how it's about a mixed race/mixed culture couple. I like that it's unapologetically sweet, and with more than a little bit of anger just below the surface. I like that it seems sincere. More and more, with Nazis and bigots in the White House, and a Legislature that is actively trying to kill off citizens, a little sweet positivity is just the type pf thing we need.

THE BIG SICK opened this past weekend, so it might be playing for some of you, and it might not be playing for others. It's in Limited Release now, and that means it did pretty well for only being in a few theatres, so if it's not playing near you, hopefully it'll come to your area soon.

Until then... Look for it. Go see it.

Jon


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