Posted by: greercn | July 27, 2017

The Big Sick

Are you ready for a joke about 9/11? One’s on offer, here.

How you react to that will determine whether you love or hate this movie.

Aimed at millennials, a clash of cultures and work as a comedian are key strands.

You should stay away if you have recently had any medical dramas. The hospital scenes are airbrushed for the squeamish, but the emotions they provoke may feel like too much.

Based on a real story, the plot is basically boy meets girl, problems result, girl gets sick and is this love and will it triumph?

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon wrote their own story and while Kumail plays himself, Zoe Kazan acts the part of Emily.

I saw it at a free screening for members of Stratford East Picturehouse and the young crowd all warmed to it. Still, you could see the little lights of Candy Crush as some of the l-o-n-g scenes in the middle of this two-hour film slowed down the pace. Otherwise, the audience slurped their drinks and crunched their popcorn but did not speak at the same time. This, readers, is respect at the movies.

Holly Hunter, Adeel Akhtar and Ray Romano have great scenes. Everyone in this is very good, although you may note that feminism is not high up on the agenda.

It’s nice to see a rom-com with an edge that’s aimed at youth, without it straying into young adult territory.

I might argue that the sex is antiseptic and the values are middle-class American and that both the young protagonists are shielded by rich parents. Who else but the young rich could possibly get movies made, in the current economic climate/

Despite misgivings about the class bias and lazy racism on show, many of the jokes and scenes were entertaining.

With a few qualifications, I liked it.


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