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When you think of a traditional romantic comedy film, you think of the classic boy meets girl tale. They fall in love, there are a few hurdles along the way; but eventually they end up together. You could say that The Big Sick is a film that is just like this, however it is so much more.

Rich in emotional honesty, The Big Sick is an equally funny and equally moving romantic story that infuses the formula for a traditional romantic comedy, but also has a modern twist and take on the story line.

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V.Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born Kumail, an aspiring comedian who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. What they thought would just be a one night stand, eventually blossoms onto a relationship, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents (who want him to be in an arranged marriage).

As Kumail and Emily fall into a deeper love for each other, among other twists and turns, Emily is then overcome with a mystery illness that sees her put into an induced coma. Kumail is then forced to navigate the medical crisis, alongside Emily’s parents (who he’s never met), while dealing with the emotional war between what his family wants, and what he wants. The film’s title is a major giveaway – as Emily’s sickness is big, terrifying and confronting for all involved.

As we learn more about Kumail’s relationship with Emily, her parents and his own family, and through the sickness and heartache; the film remains a comedy – and a good hearted one at that! Producing a wide range of laughs, the ratio of jokes to screen time is very high.

Whilst this is definitely a film that will pull on your heart strings, it’s also one that is edgy, yet hilarious. Somehow knowing that it is based on a true story of cross-cultural love makes it even more compelling too.

Rating: 8/10: This is a must watch film!

Thank you to Limelight Cinemas Tuggeranong Hyperdome for the opportunity to watch the film.

Film is now showing at Limelight Cinemas. Click here for movie times!