September 27, 2017
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick is a study of interracial relationships and the bonds that hold immigrant families together across an ever-widening generation gap.
It’s funny, touching and perceptive in telling the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who meets grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup comedy sets. Their relationship flourishes which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is hospitalized with a serious and mysterious illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with Emily’s parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met. At the same time, he has to deal with his own family who won’t accept his relationship.
“Few filmmakers know how to fit contemporary men and women, straight or gay,into narrative forms that were developed once upon a time. In “The Big Sick,” Mr. Nanjiani and Ms. Gordon vault over that hurdle with openness and delight…with a true story of love, death and the everyday comedy of being a 21st-century American” . Manohla Dargis. The New York Times
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