The Big Sick

Movie review by Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Thoughtful romantic dramedy has swearing, drinking, sex.

R 2017 119 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 15+

Feels like a missed opportunity for more

There was a lot of talk about this film and I was excited to watch it. There were moments where the film goes into traditional rom com tropes, but Nanjani pulls it off with his charm and his jokes. The film plugs along exploring different dimensions and addressing a multitude of issues. The biggest let down unfortunately is when it seems to collapse to the whole Pakistani (immigrant) parents do not understand that I want to pursue my American dreams and Pakistani parents think their kids are selfish. After almost 2 hours of working hard to make us think this is a different type of film that is traversing new ground it takes a right turn into American Dream rehash-ville. It is a shame, because Nanjani's character does not seem to amplify the conversation, it just seems to fall back to the same ole tropes.
age 18+


Characters are funny and likable. Real world struggles and complexity. Root for a happy ending and for resolve. Didn't know anything about this movie walking in and regret I cannot see it again for the first time.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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