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By Mary Cox


“The Big Sick” is a movie based on the true story of the writers of the script, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiana. Many will be turned off by the title of this movie. “The Big Sick” doesn’t really describe this film. The “Big Sick” is a romantic comedy. It is funny and extremely entertaining.

A young Pakistani stand-up comic and an American woman deal with their cultural differences and their families as their relationship grows.

Kumail Nanjiani stars as Kumail. Zoe Kazan, daughter of screenwriters Nick Kazan and Robin Swicord also stars as Emily. Kazan is the granddaughter of Academy Award Winning Director Elia Kazan. Ray Ramano of the television series “Everyone loves Raymond” and Academy Award Winner Holly Hunter play Emily’s parents: Terry and Beth. Anupam Kher and Zenobia Shroff play Kumail’s parents: Azmat and Sharmeen.

Ironically, comic Ray Romano has the least funny lines but because they aren’t supposed to be funny, they are funny.

Gordon and Nanjiana wrote this screenplay and Michael Showalter directs. The script is the first full-length script by Gordon and Nanjiana. It is a well-crafted screenplay that moves well. There are no lags in the story.

This is the best movie I have seen this year. With the title “Big Sick,” I was expecting a medical drama. Instead, this is a love story; a funny love story. I didn’t know what I was going to see and was very pleasantly surprised.

Even though “The Big Sick” is a low budget film with stars, writers and a Director that are basically unknown, this promises to be one of the biggest films of the year. It is a must see for all movie buffs or people who like movies. The only thing I didn’t like about this movie is the title. I think that some people will be turned off by the title.

“The Big Sick” will be shown at Granite City Cinema and AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 on July 14th. It opens in St. Louis this weekend but whether you wait for next week or go to St. Louis do not miss this film. It is worth the money to see it on the big screen.

“The Big Sick” is at several theaters in St. Louis and is worth the drive over. It will open at Granite City Cinema and AMC Showplace Edwardsville in a couple of weeks but I don’t have an exact date yet.


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