The Big Sick

THE TOAST OF SUNDANCE!

Director: 
Michael Showalter
Year: 
2017
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
119 mins
Cast: 
Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano

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"). A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.

“It is funny and smart and wise and silly, it is romantic and sweet and just cynical enough, and it is without a doubt one of the best romantic comedies I have seen in a long time.” - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“It’s a movie that not only puts human imperfections and incongruities on display, but also revels in them.” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“It’s hilariously hyperverbal, yet wonderfully heartfelt.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“I fell hard for both Ms. Kazan and Mr. Nanjiani and The Big Sick, which tells a great story with waves of deep feeling and questions of identity and makes the whole thing feel like a breeze.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“It’s a perfect marriage of direction, performances, and writing, the kind of comedy that people eagerly wait for. Its solutions aren’t easy, and its paths unusual, but it’s a love story that completely earns its emotional peaks, and the kind of comedy that makes you wish every single one of them were this great.” - Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, Consequence of Sound

“It’s a terrific example of a movie that doesn’t work too hard to make you love it. It’s patient as it waits for you to come around to its considerable charms.” - Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

“Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history for laughs, heartache, and hard-earned insight in The Big Sick, a film that’s by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious.” - Geoff Berkshire, Variety

“The Big Sick is as personal as it gets, but Gordon and Nanjiani pull no punches and steer well clear of preciousness. I laughed plenty at their film, cried my guts out, too, and went home elated.” - Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle 

“Trust me on this: Go.” - Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“Nanjiani and his wife/co-screenwriter Emily V. Gordon carved this romantic comedy out of her personal hospital experience and their own culture-clash relationship. Their hilarious and heartfelt script has a rare authenticity that pulls you in and keeps you glued to the screen.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone