The Big Sick cemented its place as my favourite rom-com after my first viewing in cinema last July, beating out previous favourite 500 Days of Summer. The film is loosely based on the real-life romance between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon.
It’s a wonderful feat how this film manages to tackle real life issues of cultural differences as well as sickness/disease, but can still be so witty and delightful without ever taking away from the seriousness of the film’s story. Even with a number of scenes taking place in a comedy club due to Kumail’s character being an unknown comedian, the comedy is never misplaced or forced.
Each actor truly delivers something special to the film but Ray Romano‘s character is my personal highlight. Ray plays Terry, the father of the coma-induced Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) who is also having relationship issues with his wife Beth (played by Holly Hunter). Ray portrays a father who is clearly trying his best as he attempts to mend his relationship with his wife, care for his daughter and offer somewhat misaligned advice to Kumail. With all of this anguish happening to Ray’s character, he expertly delivers some of the funniest moments in the film such as his heartfelt chat with Kumail. Love isn’t easy, that’s why they call it love.
Perhaps I’m biased having grown up watching Everybody Loves Raymond with my Dad most days after school.
10 months after it’s release and countless re-watches later and I still find the film a joy to watch. My eyes are always glued to the screen when Terry (Romano) & Beth (Hunter) go see Kumail do a stand-up set. I can’t see myself ever getting bored of this film.
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– Ciarán Hayward