Lee's Review: "The Big Sick"

Strict traditions make for poor relations...and great comedy.

Sometimes a relationship needs a little turbulence to test its strength. WLTX

(WLTX) - Love is the kind of thing that cannot be forced.  But don't tell Kumail's parents that.  They are constantly setting him up with young Pakistani women who "happen to be in the neighborhood" whenever they're having Sunday dinner.  Then again, his parents aren't looking for love.  They just want to find a wife for their son.  That's the way they met...and they turned out all right.

But Kumail has found someone.  There's just one problem.  She's white!  Yes, tradition goes a long way in the Nanjiani household.  So, his relationship with Emily remains a deep, dark secret he's unwilling to confront.

As expected, this issue takes its toll on the pair and they go their separate ways.  But, when tragedy strikes, Kumail re-evaluates what's important and realizes what he can't afford to lose.

It's easy to be there for someone during the good times.  But dedication through the bad indicates true integrity.  Or, at least, one hopes that's how it's perceived.  Still, there are no guarantees.

"The Big Sick" is being marketed as a romantic comedy.  However, I see it as more than that.  It's biographical and, while it is quite funny, the story's foundation could not be more serious.  But, if calling it a "rom-com" will get more people to see it, I'll happily call it that.

I credit the movie's success to the heartfelt screenplay, written by the film's star (Kumail Nanjiani) and real-life girlfriend (Emily V. Gordon).  Through all the highs and lows, we're rooting for this couple because they're both so darn genuine.  I won't say how it ends...but the Leemoji was all smiles!

It may not have the healthiest title - but "The Big Sick" will have you feeling better in no time. 


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