The Big Sick

A few months back, I was scrolling mindlessly through Facebook—as you do—and hit the brakes when I came to a trailer for a movie about a couple dealing with chronic illness. I re-watched the trailer, this time with sound. It cracked me up, but it also reminded me a lot of my own life.

When Mike and I first met, I was still healthy. In the blink of an eye, everything changed. My boyfriend (now husband) became my caregiver, which is a lot to ask someone, even when you’ve been together for years.

I was thrilled when I found out The Big Sick was streaming on Amazon Prime, and forced invited Mike to watch it with me.

There are a lot of things I love about The Big Sick, from its largely Pakistani cast to the humor that infuses the story without being overbearing. This isn’t a slap-your-thigh-laughing comedy; it’s the story of how a couple survived a scary time in their lives by keeping a sense of humor.

It’s a story I know all too well.

Both Mike and I enjoyed it. A few parts made him laugh out loud, which is no easy feat. (When we first started dating, he never laughed while watching a comedy, even if he thought it was funny.)

I don’t want to give away what her illness is—figuring it out is a big part of the plot—but I do want to say that I was pleased to have such an illness part of a movie. Especially a movie that won several awards!

If you’re not a Prime member, buy The Big Sick on digital or DVD/Blu-ray now.


This isn’t a sponsored post, but I did include some affiliate links. If you purchase a copy of The Big Sick, I’ll receive a portion of the sale.