Comedy / Romance
Runtime: 119 minutes
Rated 14A: coarse language, mature themes
Directed by Michael Showalter
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Rated 97% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Synopsis: Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
The recent death of the American rom-com has been much remarked upon, but it only takes one great film to zap it back into life. The Big Sick just might be that film. -The Atlantic
Invigorates the (Judd) Apatovian formula and indeed an entire genre with a thorny study of interracial relationships and the bonds that hold immigrant families together across an ever-widening generation gap. -The Los Angeles Times