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The Big Sick

The Big Sick

USA 2016 - mit Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher ...

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Originaltitel:The Big Sick
Genre:Comedy, Romance
Regie:Michael Showalter
Produktionsland:USA 2016
Laufzeit:Ca. 119 Min
FSK:6 years and older
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Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) dreams of a great career as a stand-up comedian. But he himself has very little to laugh about at the moment. He still performs in small clubs without payment and earns a little money as an over-driver. And when he is not plagued by money worries, his Pakistani family makes life difficult for him. She is so trapped in old traditions that they absolutely want to arrange a marriage for Kumail and introduce him to a new candidate willing to marry at every family dinner. But for the young comedian this is out of the question. He wants to fall in love normally - and that's exactly what happens to him one night after a gig when he meets Emily (Zoe Kazan). Although both are immediately attracted to each other, they still prefer to stay single. This is easier. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and so they become a couple. It's just too bad that Emily doesn't live up to what his family expects from a future girl…

It sounds pretty hackneyed by now, but "The Big Sick" makes it clear once again: Life simply writes the most beautiful stories. This great romantic comedy of a slightly different kind is actually based on the true story of Kumail Nanjiani and - spoiler alarm - his wife Emily. The family conflict was, of course, presented in a somewhat exaggerated way for the film's processing. But this works very well, because it gives the dramaturgy an additional conflict. As in real life, Emily fell ill shortly after she met her and fell into a coma. The fact that they were no longer a couple in the film because of Kumail's family at that moment, but that he was still with her all the time and thus also established a special relationship with her parents - wonderfully played by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter - gives the film a charming charming touch.

In the USA "The Big Sick" quickly developed into the absolute favourite of critics and audiences. The reason for this is quickly discovered: This film simply makes you happy. The humor is pleasantly fresh, the characters are somehow very lifelike and the more dramatic moments manage without any form of kitsch and overstrained clichés. The script, which Kumail and Emily wrote themselves, is full of biting wit (which hopefully hasn't been lost in the German dubbed version) and heartwarming dialogues. Writer, director and actors bring characters onto the screen, with whom you as a spectator unbelievably enjoy spending time and in whose presence you really feel comfortable.

"The Big Sick" is like a cozy embrace around its audience, from which one only reluctantly wants to leave. A wonderful film that shows that it doesn't need big special effects, furious car stunts or superheroes to offer great cinema. Sometimes a little story from real life is enough to give the audience the most beautiful romantic cinema fairy tale of the year. Worth seeing!

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