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Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani finally finds a worthy leading role by telling a story from his own life. He plays a struggling comedian in love with the bright and funny Emily (Zoe Kazan), but they break up when Kumail refuses to be honest about their relationsh­ip with his parents, who insist he marry a Pakistani Muslim girl. When Emily falls seriously ill, Kumail meets her parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) in the hospital, and the trio awkwardly get to know each other. The

Big Sick is fantastica­lly messy and complex, exuding a deeply-felt empathy for all its charming characters. The dynamics between comedians, lovers and families are all examined with humour and intimacy, while Kumail’s experience of being Pakistani and Muslim in America provide cutting cultural insight. Charmingly geeky, whip-smart and emotionall­y revealing.

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