There are no bad gags in brilliant ‘Big Sick’
serious illness, depicted on-screen, introduces one more complication into the already fraught culture clash of the story. Loosely based on the couple’s early romance, the movie moves easily between a seemingly endless series of false starts and setbacks, which never feel forced, but simply a reflection of the dizzyingly overdetermined experience of life.
Kumail and Emily’s near-instant recognition of each other as bright, slightly sarcastic observers of life feels just as organic and true as Kumail’s competitive banter with his fellow stand-up strivers, which feels just as on-point as his dissembling with his mother and father (Zenobia Shroff and Anupam Kher) and the awkward first impression he makes with Emily’s parents, played with dazed concern and brittle rage by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter.
The Big Sick winds up being one of the most satisfying films of the year.
It’s a movie that not only puts human imperfections and incongruities on display, but also revels in them. – The Washington Post
Kumail Nanjiani (ex Silicon Valley) as Kumail and Zoe Kazan as Emily in real-life inspired The Big Sick.