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The Big Sick – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  July 14, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  2 hours
After Credit Scene:  (during credit images)
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  7.8 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

This is a charming movie based on a true story.  I loved the trailer for the film, but I have to say that I felt that this was not a comedy, but a drama/romance with moments of comedic elements.  I laughed as much during this movie as I did in Spiderman Homecoming.  Judd Apatow produced this movie and it has his touch.  He understands what day to day elements of life resonate with the audience and The Big Sick is no different.

Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) is a Pakistani looking for a career in standup comedy.  His Pakistani family does not support his desire to be a comic and are very traditional.  Kumail falls in love with Emily (Zoe Kazan) who is your traditional American female.  Emily becomes sick and Kumail reaches out to Emily’s family to come to her aid.  Her parents are played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano and are great on screen together. 

What works:  Very good casting and acting.  A good story is told and keeps the viewer wondering what will happen next.

What doesn’t work:  The film deals with sad and depressing story lines and is far more a drama than a comedy.  A viewer may expect to experience a film where laugh after laugh will come, but the film doesn’t deliver in that capacity.  The love story is far more thought provoking than comedic and this viewer came away feeling a bit more depressed than happy.

Those that I’ve spoken with that are looking forward to seeing the movie felt as I did that we were going in to see a comedy.  You may find the film funnier than I did, but the tragic elements of the film overshadow the comedic elements for me and it didn’t deliver as much as I had hoped.  With this said, the story is still heartwarming and well told.  Holly Hunter and Ray Romano are excellent actors that anchor this story when it is needed most.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give The Big Sick a 7.8.  It is worth seeing in the theater and a drink.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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Trailer Snark (June 21, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Transformers: The Last Knight (Paramount) – Action/Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo
Tag Line: For one world to live, the other must die.
Starring:  Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins
Plot: Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Running Time: 149 minutes

Chris: The news of plans for 14 more films had a suddenly wearying effect on me.  Yeah, you read that right.
Jim: I was born about 10 years too early to get excited about the mention of the word Transformers. I’ve only seen the first movie in this franchise and thought it was Ok as time-wasting popcorn flicks go. The trailers for the rest of them have just looked boring in that we’re-gonna-shove-CGI-down-your-throat-until-you-beg-for-mercy way. Including this one.
Wayne: I’ve given up on the trailers because they are always better than the movies.  With that said, I saw it last (k)night.

You can read Wayne’s review of the movie at The Dope Sheet right here!

The Big Sick (Lionsgate) – Comedy/Romance
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Tag Line: An awkward love story.
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano
Plot: A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Wayne: Interesting movie, surely going to be a tear jerker.  Going to sell this one and wait for Netflix.
Chris: Nice to see Ray Romano in a feature film that isn’t animated, but I found the laughs hard to come by in this trailer.  Pass.
Jim: This looks like it could be a great romcom. Hope all of the good moments aren’t in the trailer.

The Beguiled (Focus Features) – Drama
Rated R for some sexuality
Tag Line: None
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell
Plot: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Jim: Interesting-looking remake of the ’71 Clint Eastwood classic. The cast certainly helps.
Wayne: Going to sell this trailer.  I don’t care for time period pieces like this and I also don’t find this cast ensemble appealing.   
Chris: Now we’re talking!  Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman sharing the screen together is a treat.  Add in some Colin Farrel and a touch of revenge and you have yourself some pretty good cinematic potential!

The Bad Batch (Neon) – Romance/Sci-Fi
Rated R for violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa
Plot: A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Chris: What is this?  Some kind of Mad Max meets Hills Have Eyes meets Rob Zombie hybrid?  May be a rental, even if that, to be honest.  The Bad Batch is right.
Jim: Looks like a bad Tarantino knockoff minus the humor. Pass.
Wayne: Looks like a great cast, but has the feel of an 80’s film with no direction.  Going to sell this trailer.

Tickets Purchased: One for Transformers (Wayne), One for The Big Sick (Jim), and One for The Beguiled (Chris)

We just could not agree this week.
We just could not agree this week.