The Big Sick
2hr CAST: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano DIRECTOR: Michael Showalter CAPTIONED ON WEDNESDAYS | LIKELY ENDING AUGUST 17
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, 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, Beth and Terry (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 BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and producer by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40).
It delivers a real love story with real humor from real people, and the movies can always use more of those.Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
All the best romantic comedies get even better upon repeat viewings. I'm fully confident The Big Sick will pass that test the next time I see it, which will be very soon.Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Mostly, the movie works for the reason that all the best rom-coms do: you fall in love, a little bit, with Kumail and Emily, and want them to stay together.Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times