Every now and then, a “little” movie manages to SLAM it’s way into the Big time.

The BIG SICK: Is crushing that, in the best way possible.

Starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, the film tells the tale of a romance VERY unlike every classic movie trope…

And the best part? –>  It’s (loosely) based off the TRUE Story of Kumail and his wife Emily V Gordon.

Full Disclosure: I loved this movie. Every second of it. It’s funny, without FORCING the comedy. It’s ability to deliver CONSISTENT, EMOTIONALLY Charged moments: Perfect.  I laughed. I cried. I squirmed in my seat. I felt awkward at the family dinner table. I got frustrated. I even had a moment where I felt like I just wanted to “hug a brother”.

PLUS: it features a cast filled with a few heavy hitters and some up n comers who not only SHOWED sides we’d never really seen before but get the chance to not just GLIMPSE into, but truly appreciate.

I got the chance to listen to Kumail and Emily speak (on the Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick) on how they WROTE this flick and EVERYTHING about the process, to the SXSW screening and subsequent distribution funding by Amazon (Biggest ever, to come out of that festival, I believe) made me want to see it MORE.

I don’t want to SPOIL it for you, but here’s why you NEED to see this movie, so you can understand when the “statue” nods roll in…


  • Casual Hookups, and what can happen FROM them.
  • The potential issue with UBER.
  • The REAL struggles Stand-up Comedians deal with, constantly.
  • A clash of cultures.
  • Arranged Marriage in the NOW.
  • A medically induced Coma.
  • HOLLY FRICKIN HUNTER and RAY ROMANO: In INCREDIBLY raw performances, that you can actually relate to in a heartbeat…
  • Overbearing Parents.
  • ONE MAN SHOWS (you’ll laugh. Guaranteed.)
  • A bigassed stuffed Giraffe.


Last I checked, this flick is sitting at 97% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s smart, it’s funny, it tugs at every string a heart can really HAVE attached to it, and it’s worth every damned cent of admission to your fave theatre.

Go. See. This. Movie.



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