Last weekend, I finally saw The Big Sick, which I’ve been wanting to see for months. I love rom-coms, and I love things based on true stories, so I knew this movie was right up my alley.
The premise of The Big Sick is that a Pakistani man starts dating a white woman, but hides her from his family, who is trying to set him up with an arranged marriage. But his girlfriend finds out what’s going on, they have a fight, and break up… but he gets a call when she has to be admitted to the hospital and put in a medically-induced coma. Don’t worry, none of this is a spoiler – you find all of this out in the trailer, below.
The movie was written by Kumail Nanjiani and his real-life wife, Emily Gordon, and based on their relationship, so it’s not exactly a suspenseful movie – we know how it’s going to end! But it was still surprisingly stressful, waiting for Kumail and Emily to end up together, and I really enjoyed it. I think it captures how stressful and nerve-wracking it can be in the ICU, waiting for answers. I’ve never been in a coma, thankfully, but I’ve certainly spent my fair share of hours as both a hospital patient and a visitor. I will say, though… the ICU rooms that I’ve been in have been a lot more crowded with machines and equipment, much busier, and definitely a lot noisier!
I loved the movie, and absolutely recommend that everyone watch it – I think it’s one of the most genuine romantic comedies that I’ve seen in years.