Movie review: The Big Sick (2017)


Pakistani immigrant and stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley,” playing himself) falls for Emily (Zoe Kazan), a white American girl, but the relationship falls apart because he is afraid of being disowned by his family if things go any further.

When Emily falls gravely ill and needs to be placed in a medically induced coma, Kumail gets to know Emily’s sometimes-eccentric parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) and needs to decide how much of the American lifestyle he is going to embrace and how much he is going to honor his traditional culture to please his parents.

While the humor in The Big Sick is, if possible, maybe a little too self-deprecating as one begins to wonder how Emily could have fallen for this schlub to begin with, and, like most films these days, it could have used some trimming, The Big Sick is an enjoyable and touching exploration of love and the immigrant experience. The characters are well-developed and the performances are without exception excellent. Come for the romance, stay for the (yes, quite interesting) cultural exploration.