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‘The Big Sick’ is the best romantic comedy given ‘Knocked Up’


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Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in “The Big
Sick”

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It’s tough to believe, but it’s been 10 years given Judd Apatow’s
“Knocked Up,” which came out Jun 1, 2007.

“Knocked Up” paved the way for pithy comedy that
tells emotional human stories. It’s a laugh-out-loud
coarse comedy, but at its heart it’s a adore story about growing
up.

Director, writer, and writer Judd Apatow started a trend with
the film (one that technically started with “The 40-Year Old
Virgin” a few years prior), and his character paved the way for many
comedies over the past decade, from “Forgetting Sarah
Marshall” to “Bridesmaids.”

“The Big Sick” premiered to vicious commend at Sundance Film
Festival back in January, and came out in theaters in LA and New
York City last weekend — it gets it far-reaching recover on July 14.
In its first weekend on singular release, “The Big Sick”
became 2017’s top opening weekend
per-theater-average — in 5 theaters, it grossed
$435,000.

It helped to have Apatow concerned in “The Big Sick” — he was
a producer, and his hold is evident. The script, formed on a true
story that happened to stand-up comic and “Silicon Valley” star
Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, producer/writer Emily Gordon, was
created by the husband-wife duo. Michael Showalter of “Wet Hot
American Summer” celebrity destined the movie, and it was expelled by
Amazon Studios/Lionsgate.

The premise feels so ripped from a soap show that it’s hard
to trust it actually happened to Nanjiani and Gordon. In the
film, Kumail (played by Nanjiani) meets Emily (Zoe Kazan) when
she heckles him at a comedy bar in Chicago. They go home
together, and despite the fact that Kumail knows he has to marry
a Muslim lady (he keeps a box of photos of the women his mom
introduces him to) or he will shame the family, he continues to
date her — but revelation Emily about any of it. Things go very
good for Kumail and Emily at first.

The discourse and both leads accurately capture the awkward
and enchanting course of a blossoming relationship. There is a
stage where Emily tries to leave Kumail’s unit in the middle
of the night to poop somewhere else, which goes in a sweet
instruction instead of the expected gross one. But eventually
Emily finds out about the women in the box and they break
up. 

Then Kumail gets a call and finds out Emily is in the hospital.
He visits her, and a alloy tells him that they need to
put her in a medically-induced coma. While Emily is in a coma,
Kumail sticks around despite their sour break-up, which at
first annoys Emily’s parents, played by the well expel and
impossibly humorous Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.

Better than any other film in new memory, “The Big Sick“
finds the light in the dark. A film about a girlfriend in a
coma — and a man risking slicing ties from his family to be
with her — brought some of the biggest laughs I’ve had in years.
The longer Kumail sticks around at the hospital, the some-more Emily’s
relatives comfortable up to him. One night, Emily’s relatives attend one of
his stand-up shows, and Emily’s mom defends Kumail against a
heckler who tells him to “go back to ISIS.” In another scene
after on in the film, Emily’s father opens up to Kumail about a time
that he cheated on his wife. It’s distressing content, but the
chemistry and the delivery from Nanjiani and Romano (who is
seriously peaking right now) make it one of the sweetest and
funniest tools of the movie.

Ten years ago, “Knocked Up” had identical moments, but not on
as thespian a scale. “Knocked Up” also has a hundred dick jokes
to “The Big Sick’s” two or three (maybe less). That’s
since “The Big Sick” was created totally from the heart.
Nanjiani and Gordon knew they had a story worth sharing, and they
didn’t scapegoat any time just for the laughs. All of the
jokes are natural, and there aren’t any scenes (besides scenes
that take place at a comedy club) that were created to just be
joke-delivery scenes.

This tragic story with a happy finale and a lot of happy
moments throughout the tour is one of the best romantic
comedies in years. And, just like “Knocked Up” made the next
call of comedies, “The Big Sick” will hopefully do so as
well — which is a good sign for the future
of rom coms, and Nanjiani and Gordon’s careers as a screenwriting
duo. 

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