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Subject: Re: "The Big Sick"
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:17:20 -0600
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On 2/25/2018 2:40 PM, trotsky wrote:
> On 2/25/18 2:02 PM, alvey wrote:
>> On Sun, 25 Feb 2018 04:49:39 -0600, trotsky wrote:
>>> This is an Amazon Studios produced movie from Silicon Valley star and
>>> Pakistani American Kumail Nanjiani.  I was surprised and even a little
>>> shocked at how good this movie was.  The only reason for this, I reckon,
>>> is because on Silicon Valley plays a total dork and in this movie he
>>> gets a chance to be much more three dimensional.  The fact that he is
>>> the co-writer of a movie that is clearly autobiographical has to help.
>>> The writing is extremely good, being funny, poignant, and even handed
>>> never making any of the characters unrealistic.  A lot of the movie
>>> deals with traditional Pakistani families arranging marriages and the
>>> way it plays out is fascinating.  His attempt at a being a brown man
>>> doing stand up comedy is also great.  But, perhaps the most show
>>> stealing was Ray Romano and Holly Hunter coming in in the middle as his
>>> girlfriend's parents.  In my opinin their work here is Oscar caliber.
>>> The title is a little strange but when you see the movie it makes sense.
>>> The other noteworthy thing about the movie is it yet another strong
>>> entry in the streaming video company turned movie production company
>>> sweepstakes.  After the debacle that is Harvey Weinstein I can see these
>>> movies continuing to take off, and, if truth be told, I can't remember
>>> what the last movie I've seen in a theater was.
>> Two other noteworthy aspects of it were that there was a complete absence
>> of; a) super-powered comic book characters, and b) gun play. Over the 
>> last
>> few days I watched; Cold in July, Wind River and the infinitely idiotic
>> John Wick. America, can you see a nexus?
>> The Big Sick isn't actually a very good movie. Its plot is predictable,
>> both the acting and dialogue are mediocre, it is the rarity of its type
>> that makes it appear better than it is.
> You must have seen a different movie than me.  Several lines were LOL 
> funny, such as "a dog with a boner" and "we lost nineteen of our best 
> guys", and those are just two I can name off the top of my head.  And 
> what happened to his erstwhile girlfriend came completely out of left 
> field.  As for the acting, Ray Romano and Holly Hunter is fantastic, but 
> since they rarely give out Oscars for comedies they weren't recognized. 
> Then there was the glimpse into Pakistani culture, which was woven into 
> the story seamlessly.  But, if you had only watched action and dramas 
> previously it could be you don't like Judd Apatow type comedies.

That "nineteen of our best guys" line was spit-out-your-coffee funny but 
when you mention Pakistani culture, too, it's funnier.

It's a joke.
Was it a joke?
It's a joke.
Was it?
What was a joke?
It was a joke.
What joke?
You're joking.
I'm joking.
Was it a joke?
You can't joke about that.
You're joking.
Quit joking.
Who's joking?