Slick Sick a big win­ner

Sunday Star-Times - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

How­ever, it seemed nei­ther could get enough of one an­other – the cou­pling sur­viv­ing his B-grade hor­ror movie ob­ses­sion, her mid­dle-of-thenight bowel move­ments, even his lessthan-im­pres­sive semi­au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal one-man show.

That the re­la­tion­ship even­tu­ally seem­ingly fiz­zles out is as much to do with the rev­e­la­tion that she was once mar­ried than with his se­cret box full of pho­tos of prospec­tive brides his par­ents have tried to set him up with. And the fact he won’t in­tro­duce her to his fam­ily or agree to meet hers. The lat­ter though is some­thing Ku­mail can’t pre­vent when he’s called in by Emily’s friends to help with a cri­sis.

In­spired by Nan­jiani and co-writer Emily Gor­don’s own heart­warm­ing and wrench­ing story, The Big Sick pro­vides a wel­come shot of in­no­va­tion and in­tel­li­gence into the ail­ing rom­com genre.

Sure it’s ar­guably While You Were Sleep­ing-meets-East is East (with a side or­der of Judd Apa­tow’s Funny Peo­ple), but di­rec­tor Michael Showal­ter does a fine up of balanc­ing the laughs with the pathos, the puerile with the laud­able sen­ti­ments.

He’s ably as­sisted in this by a fine cast that also in­cludes veter­ans Holly Hunter (The Pi­ano) and Ray Ro­mano (Ev­ery­body Loves Ray­mond), Bri­tish ac­tor Adeel Ak­tar (a scene-stealer as Ku­mail’s brother).

This is a movie that some may feel out­stays its wel­come, but it uses that ex­tra time well to flesh out all of its char­ac­ters and chart a re­la­tion­ship through a roller­coaster of emo­tions, feel­ings and mis­un­der­stand­ings.

A time­less and timely look at love in all of its com­pli­cated forms, The Big Sick also ex­am­ines parental sac­ri­fice and the im­mi­grant’s dilemma of as­sim­i­la­tion ver­sus tra­di­tion.

Just as im­por­tantly though, it’s an en­tranc­ing, en­dear­ing and en­ter­tain­ing way to spend a cou­ple of hours. - James Croot

The Big Sick is a time­less and timely look at love in all of its com­pli­cated forms.

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