The Big Sick
2017 (R) 119 min. USA
Director: Michael Showalter
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
A discussion session will follow the film.
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, who connects with grad student Emily 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, who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
“The movie’s so good…in part because of the degree to which it considers marriage not just as a relationship between two people but between two families.” – Alison Willmore, BUZZFEED NEWS
“Infused with honesty and authenticity, Michael Showalter’s crowd-pleaser is an instantly winning heart-stealer and a superbly well-timed story of culture clash that resolves into a lovely tale of mutual understanding and acceptance.” – Tomris Laffly, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Nanjiani and Showalter imbue the film with so much more character-based truth than we usually see from the genre. It’s the best romantic comedy in years.” – Brian Tallerico, ROGEREBERT.COM