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The Big Sick

Romantic comedy based on a true story of Kumail Nanjiani, an aspiring comedian living in the US and born of Pakistani parents, who falls in love with a White woman Emily (Zoe Kazan). Kumail’s parents expect him to marry a Pakistani woman, which puts pressure on Kumail. Kumail and Emily break up, and soon thereafter, Emily falls seriously ill. The film is wonderful; serious themes, including navigating bi-cultural tension and the effects of a grave illness on friends and family, are told with humor. The film felt like an “up close and personal” documentary, replacing stereotypes with real people who we can relate to trying to find happiness and meaning. The acting was great; I especially liked the chemistry between Ray Romano and Holly Hunter, who played Emily’s parents, and Kumail. Big thumbs up for a film that is perceptive in its observations on family and has characters that I truly liked.

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