A modern RomCom film with a whopper of a dramatic hook, The Big Sick is a refreshingly honest and touching tale of love, personal growth, and cultural hurdles plucked from the real life courtship of writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon. Nanjiani also stars in the film, marrying his capable comedic sensibilities as best seen in his role on Silicon Valley with the raw, dramatic chops of someone who’s truly experienced an unfathomable hardship during a most tumultuous period of personal growth. All this is laid bare on the screen for us, with great naturalistic dialogue channeled through terrific supporting performances from not just screen icons Ray Romano and Holly Hunter, but also the humanizing portraits of Nanjiani’s Pakistani family, which gives credence to the film’s alternating conflict of cultural clash when matched against Nanjiani’s burgeoning American identity. The film also opens up a Pandora’s Box of personal relatability for us here, with Emily’s intensive medical struggle mirroring co-host Calvin Kemph’s own inspiring life experience. Needless to say, this one has a bit of a personal affectation here.
0:00: Calvin returns!
4:57: Remembering Lynn Shelton
9:50: Scoob!, investigating & the mysteries of corporate branding
17:56: The Painter and the Thief
20:48: The Lovebirds
26:14: The Big Sick
The Twin Geeks · Ep. 75: The Big Sick (2017)