The Big Sick

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.

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Elizabeth Barone

Elizabeth Barone is an American novelist who writes contemporary romance and suspense starring strong belles who chose a different path. Her debut novel Sade on the Wall was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She is the author of the South of Forever series and several other books. When not writing, Elizabeth is very busy getting her latest fix of Yankee Candle, spicy Doritos chips, or whatever TV show she’s currently binging. Elizabeth lives in northwestern Connecticut with her husband, a feisty little cat, and too many books.

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