The Big Sick
Director: Michael Showalter
Cast: Tumacl Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Genre: Comedy Romance
Country of Origin: USA 2017 124 mins. (15)
Released by StudioCanal
With a screenplay drawn from their real lives, Pakistan-born comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon have come up with an engaging character and narrative driven romcom which dabbles in generational and emotional hangups, cultural differences and prejudices.
Comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) plays himself as a struggling not-too-funny, stand-up comic on the Chicago circuit, hoping to crack the big time when up pops a lone voice from the audience. Grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) and a one night stand will change Kumail's life when love bells ring but 'Hello mum and dad, this is Emily,' isn't on Kumail's list. He's blown it.
In the background Kumail's parents, devout Muslims Azmat (Anupam Kher) and Sharmeen (Zenobia Shroff) are on the hunt for a suitable wife for their son egged on by his keep tradition brother Naveen (Adeel Akhtar). Emily goes down with a mysterious illness and is placed in an induced coma, her parents Beth (Holly Hunter) and Terry (Ray Romano), hangups intact rush to her bedside and get to see Kumail's standup not-so-funny comic routine.
An engaging, easy to watch romcom with laugh out loud and chuckle one-liners and a good character driven cast but it's all a bit predictable and at just over 2 hours, stretches itself that bit too far.