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“The Big Sick” reveals a Trailer with a diagnosis for emotion and laughter

Yesterday, a First Trailer was released for The Big Sick, one of the most well regarded films to come out of the Sundance Film Festival this year. This romantic dramedy is the latest to emerge from Park City as a combination potential crowd pleasing success story as well as possible awards hopeful. Sundance has a bit of a knack for launching this sort of movie, and having seen the flick, I can vouch for it being one of the best they’ve birthed in some time. This is a top notch work that deserves every bit of acclaim that it has received so far since January.

This film is based on the real life relationship between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. We’re introduced to the latter as Kumail (Nanjiani playing himself) is toiling as a struggling stand up. When he’s heckled in the crowd by Emily (Zoe Kazan), an instant spark is there. Neither wants to commit to anything serious, but neither can deny the chemistry they share. At the same time, Kumail is dealing with an endless parade of Pakistani women that his mother Sharmeen (Zenobia Shroff) is inviting over for the dinner, in the hopes of an arranged marriage. That pressure eventually spills over and ends things for Emily and Kumail, but when the former winds up in the hospital, it’s Kumail who has to sign papers putting her in a medically induced coma. Emily’s parents Terry (Ray Romano) and Beth (Holly Hunter) then arrive, ready to send their daughter’s ex on his way. Something in him tells him to stay though, and as Emily fights for her life, Kumail gets to know Beth and Terry, seeing an influence on Emily that he never realized. I won’t say where it goes, but considering the real life people are pretty public about things, you should be able to guess. Michael Showalter directs a script that Gordon and Nanjiani co-wrote together. Also in the cast are Adeel Akhtar, Kurt Braunohler, Aidy Bryant, Bo Burnham, Anupam Kher, and more. Judd Apatow produces.

I actually saw the movie earlier today and really loved it. Not only do Kazan and Nanjiani have a sparkling chemistry, Hunter and Romano take things to the next level when they arrive. Hunter is equally funny and emotive, while Romano is the same, but in a wholly unexpected way. He might actually be best in show overall. Showalter is able to take Gordon and Nanjiani’s script, which in many ways reflects the sort of Apatow production we’ve grown to know and love, and shepherds it along nicely. As funny as this flick is, it’s also very moving. The emotion and the laughs stand tall together in a nearly perfect mixture.

Awards wise, The Big Sick is an X factor. Depending on how it does, I could see Amazon Studios launching a targeted campaign. It deserves to be considered in Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Romano), Best Supporting Actress (for Hunter), and Best Original Screenplay (for Gordon and Nanjiani) especially. Best Actor (for Nanjiani) and Best Actress (for Kazan) might be long shots, though deserved, with Best Director (for Showalter) likely just wishful thinking. This is a film of the highest quality though, so hopefully it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle by the time the fall awards season kicks into gear.

When it comes out at the end of June/the beginning of July, The Big Sick will immediately become a film that’s worth championing. Already, the movie is one of the two or three best things that I’ve seen all year. It’s a special bit of independent cinema, able to make you laugh as well as cry. The Trailer below should give a sense of that, but you’ll just have to wait another month and change to really see what it’s all about. I’ll be sure to remind you then, but right now, check out the Trailer and sit tight for more on this excellent film…

Here now is the Trailer for The Big Sick:

Stay tuned for much more on The Big Sick between now and its summer release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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