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On 2/25/18 3:17 PM, reilloc wrote:
> 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?

The flash cards at the end were extremely clever too.