I. Am. All. About. This. MOVIE.
Holy crap. I’ve always been a pretty big Kumail Nanjiani fan, and this is undoubtedly my favorite project he’s ever released. “The Big Sick” is a film that Kumail wrote and starred in, based on his real life experiences. It’s as funny as it is heartwarming and enlightening to a general audience. Like, I want this to be required viewing. For everybody.
Yes, all the performances are great – but that’s not why it should be watched. I think so many young people who are either immigrants or children of immigrants will find something to connect with in this story. That, and there’s an amazing outsider’s perspective of that cultural experience displayed in this film through Zoe Kazan’s character’s lens. Whether or not it’ll connect more specifically to Asian immigrants and children of Asian immigrants vs other ethnic groups – I don’t know. I can attest that as a first generation Asian American – there’s so much in this movie for us to relate to. Yes, it is specifically about a Muslim Pakistani family – but there’s still so much that hits home, no matter your religious background.
I’ve seen very close friends live out this exact storyline, sans coma. I don’t know that many people in my life who come from similar backgrounds that wouldn’t be able to connect to the specific line, “Do you ever just want to be in a relationship so you can just relax?” Like…yeah. I would like my mother to stop questioning my life, and sometimes sexuality just because I’ve never brought anyone home. It’s not like all first generation kids are all lonesome shrews, we just all know that we were dealt a certain hand in life and we can only play so many cards at any given time. (You can find a more thorough explanation of this concept in Hasan Minhaj’s “Homecoming King” comedy special which is available now on Netflix.)
Honestly, I think first generation kids should be watching content like this, Hasan Minhaj’s “Homecoming King” or Ravi Patel’s “Meet the Patels” with their parents. While I do understand that it could be an uncomfortable experience, I think they’re such great tools to show perspectives from both generations, and would help bridge the gap of understanding. I think a movie like this will help people who haven’t experienced this very specific cultural difference, understand why certain people around them operate a certain way.
Run, don’t walk to see this movie. Even if you have to drive a little out of your way to see it. It’s so worth it, and it’s so motivating and inspiring seeing creators of color being talked about in terms of Oscar buzz. If people are annoyed that movies like “The Big Sick” and “Get Out” are getting that buzz, it’s because minorities are really being given the chance to speak out for the first time, and I’m really stoked about it.