The Big Sick

The Big Sick

DVD - 2017
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Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail connects with grad student Emily after a standup set. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing.
Publisher: [United States] : Amazon Studios, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby digital
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AL_SARAH Nov 16, 2017

I enjoyed this unique romantic comedy because it addressed important cultural and gender issues. I also thought it was charming, humorous and touching.

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alanmccord
Nov 14, 2017

Good little time-waster. Some good names who do a good job.

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susancp61
Nov 07, 2017

Starts out, a little slow, but very entertaining
and educational. Based on a true story.
All the actors are very good.

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miyoch
Oct 31, 2017

I didn't expect too much but It was surprisingly good.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

The attraction is that the story was loosely based on the writers’ own interracial marriage which is rather common since 1978 when Yoyo Ma and Jill Hornor married, after the 1993 “The Joy Luck Club” film and for sure since Mark Zuckerberg married Priscilla Chan in 2012; and hard to imagine the educated Pakistani parents were so hostile in the film. Liked some of the standup materials , mostly ethnic, though they had considerably less bite than Robert De Niro’s 2016 “The Comedian.” Zoe Kazan who also starred “In Your Eyes 2014” was adorable, but Kumail Nanjiani seemed unable to shed his standup mask during those very serious moments in the film. Last, no surprise that the veteran comic Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond 1996–2005) was the best act and had the best lines.

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mckeett
Oct 27, 2017

Lovely movie with many interesting sub-plots.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 26, 2017

Good story, but not as funny as I expected.

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Dadjoe1
Oct 24, 2017

This is a funny movie and hard-to-believe that it really happened to Kumail. Life is sometimes stranger or funnier than fiction. 😀 The actors were well-cast, their dialogues are like SNL-ishly amusing and the tender moments were believable. Kumail's pretend family was a hoot. They were lovable, innocent and felt like they weren't even acting at all.

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winston16
Oct 23, 2017

The reviews made me think it was going to be the best movie of the year (it isn't) but it had some charm and some good moments overall. I especially liked Holly Hunter and Ray Ramano as the parents of the girl who becomes critically ill. The Indian-American family dynamics were also fun to watch.

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McCReader
Oct 19, 2017

Found it slow - it had some good moments but was not for me - though my wife loved it!

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

I grew up in Pakistan. And people are always asking me, what was that like? Really not that different from here. I mean, we played cricket, which is just a spicier version of baseball. And we prayed a lot. Well, not a lot. Just five times a day. And we marry someone our parents find for us, arranged marriage, you know? But for me, it was probably that we got episodes of knight rider a little bit later. And by "little bit later," I mean we just got episode two.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

I was in bed with my girlfriend and I was trying to mansplain to her that, you know, we-we are on one little rock orbiting one star in a galaxy of a billion stars in a universe full of a billion galaxies. You know, so I forgot your birthday. Who gives a shxt? Like, you are cosmically overreacting to this.
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But yelling anything at a comedian is considered heckling. Heckling doesn't have to be negative.
=So, if I, if I yelled out, like, "you're amazing in bed!" That'd be a heckle?
Yeah. It would be an accurate heckle.
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They called me Chashmullee.
-What is that?
It roughly translates to "dweeb."
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We haven't even had sex again yet.
-Yeah, I'm just not that kind of girl. I only have sex once on the first date.
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Oh. I wonder who that could be.
- Yeah.
Let me check.
- I don't know. I'm guessing it's a young, single Pakistani woman who just happened to be driving by our house, which is on a cul-de-sac.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

I never knew that Pakistan had the world's largest irrigation system.
-Yeah, something like 14 million hectares are being irrigated.
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What's the whole thing with Muslims growing beards, anyway? It's such an arbitrary thing, right? Like, who decided that, oh, we have to have beards.
-Oh. But you'll do... So, there's a billion of us and you're the only one with the truth. Is that right? So, the sun is just shining down on you right now. It's just parting.
You know, I have to tell you something, bhai.
-Here we go. Yeah.
I've been dating this girl.
-Sure.
She's white.
- Oh. I thought you were gonna say you were involved in a hit-and-run or you got caught forging some checks, but a white girl?! … Listen, I understand. You're in America, and you want to mow a few lawns and see what it's like, but eventually you have to marry a Pakistani girl.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

You know what we call arranged marriage in Pakistan, Emily?
-Marriage.
Okay? We just call it marriage. There's another type of marriage. It's called love marriage and that's bad. My cousin, Rehan, married an Irish woman and he was kicked out of the family. Nobody is allowed to talk to him.
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People say, "Sam... You're gonna love it. This kid, you're gonna have a kid, he's gonna be your best friend." A best friend that-that pukes on you and shxts everywhere and is constantly screaming. I already have friends like that.

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jimg2000
Oct 28, 2017

When I was a kid, piece of chalk and a pavement, and that's your entertainment. Hopscotch. Tic-Tac-toe. Throw the chalk at Jimmy. There you go. Three games right there.
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I want to name my kid void so he won't be able to cash any of his paychecks. "I'm sorry, sir, this says void on it." "But that's my name. Curse you, father!"
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Why did you bring me here if you wanted me to not have an American life? We come here, but we pretend like we're still back there. That's so stupid.
- Don't you talk to your mother like that.
You don't care what I think. You just want me to follow the rules. But the r... the rules don't make sense to me. I don't pray. I don't. I haven't prayed in years. I just go down there and I play video games.
-You don't believe in Allah?
I don't know what I believe, dad. I don't know. And I can't marry someone you find for me.
-And why not?
Because I am in love with someone. I am. Her name is Emily

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