There are no bad gags in bril­liant ‘Big Sick’

The Sunday Independent - - LIFE FILM -

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.

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