The Big Sick

Big Sick (2017)
ReviewerAutar Kaw
Grade: A
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rating: R
Running Time: 121 minutes

If you are in for a rom-com that is built with laughs but navigates fearlessly in parallel with the serious, you will love the Big Sick. Based on a true love story of a comedian of Pakistani origin with a “white” girl, it binds and contrasts through culture, honesty and just plain life. There are no stereotypes here, even for laughs, but just everyone is trying to find their place and purpose.

I have not laughed this much since I saw the Hindi movie called Gol Maal in 1979. For others, Knocked Up might be the last movie since you may have laughed this much.

It will certainly get a nod for original screenplay Oscar but it may fall short in getting acting (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) and best movie nominations as Oscar judges have short memories.

The 2-hour length does feel stretched at the end – the optimum for any rom-com comedy is around 90 minutes. And that is the only reason for not giving it an A+, but the points do not matter.

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Autar Kaw

Autar Kaw ( is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He has been at USF since 1987, the same year in which he received his Ph. D. in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award. With major funding from NSF, he is the principal and managing contributor in developing the multiple award-winning online open courseware for an undergraduate course in Numerical Methods. The OpenCourseWare ( annually receives 1,000,000+ page views, 1,000,000+ views of the YouTube audiovisual lectures, and 150,000+ page views at the NumericalMethodsGuy blog. His current research interests include engineering education research methods, adaptive learning, open courseware, massive open online courses, flipped classrooms, and learning strategies. He has written four textbooks and 80 refereed technical papers, and his opinion editorials have appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune.

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