THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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 THE BIG SICK (2017)

 
Solid romantic comedy based on real life.  Comedian Kumail Nanjiani plays himself – a comedian trying to make it in stand-up in Chicago.  His family is Pakistani Muslim and always tries to set him up with Pakistani women, in the culture’s tradition of arranged marriage.  In the meantime, during one of his sets, Kumail is gently heckled by a pretty girl named Emily, played adorably by Zoe Kazan.  She is such a bright light that her presence is felt throughout the film, even when she’s not on screen.  An important point.  Anyway, they’re doing well in the relationship but Kumail never tells his family about Emily, and they continue to try to set him up with eligible Pakistani women when he comes over for a weekly family dinner. But Emily one day finds a cigar box with photos of these women he’s been meeting, and he finally admits that he hasn’t told his family about her, and that he can’t lose his family. You see, he’ll be dead to them if he marries outside his religion.   She leaves crying and they break up.  But one day she gets a call from a mutual friend asking that he go be with her as she is alone in the emergency room.  She’s admitted and soon is put in a mentally induced coma as the doctors try to deal with a mysterious infection.  Her parents arrive, well played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, and they know about what he’s done to their daughter.  They tell him he can leave…but he comes back to the hospital and stays by her side and with them as he realizes what a mistake he’s made breaking up with her.  Great scenes with the three of them especially one as Hunter physically attacks a heckler at his comedy club.  A funny, poignant slice of life that is all true (the real-life Emily wrote the script with Kumail).  Also, his family is not dealt with as cartoonish characters but as real people, and the Pakistani women he meets are smart, funny, attractive and even sympathetic.  They just don’t mesh with Kumail.  The Big Sick is well worth your time.  Recommended.

 

TLA one word review:  heartfelt