Monday, August 28, 2017

The Big Sick (2017)

Director: Michael Showalter. Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano. 120 min. Rated R. Comedy/Romance.

Based on Kumail Nanjiani's true-life story, a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian starts (within Middle-Eastern standards) a hopeless relationship with an American girl, but then the girl falls into a coma. So the movie's title may be referring to the girl's condition ... or their relationship. The film's approach to the impossibility of the affair and current anti-Muslim sentiments, while laugh-out-loud funny, is quite realistic - most notably in the story resolution. But like any other Judd Apatow-produced comedy, it's too damn long. A few sequences could've easily been snipped out without affecting the story, or character development. Nevertheless, Holly Hunter deserves another Oscar.

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