Big Sick (2017)
Reviewer: Autar Kaw
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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.