The Big Sick
2017’s hilarious, brilliant hit comedy, from Kumail Nanjiana & Michael Showalter.
Revered comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) stars in this hilarious and moving romantic comedy about a culture-clashing courtship that challenges his family’s 1,400-year-old traditions. Based on the real-life romance of Nanjiani and his wife and cowriter, Emily Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan, Meek’s Cutoff), it’s got love, heartache, insight—and a mysterious illness that upends everything. This crowd-pleaser is being hailed as a major breakthrough for director Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name Is Doris; Wet Hot American Summer), and Nanjiani alike. The stellar cast includes strong supporting turns for Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Bo Burnham, and Aidy Bryant. (2017, Michael Showalter, US, 125 min, R, DCP, CC)
“One of those rare, unique, magical films which deals with a most serious subject matter wrapped within a seemingly diametrically opposed hilarious comedy.” -The Talkhouse
“It’s easy for romantic comedies (especially ones involving a mysterious illness plot twist) to slip into purely sappy territory. But thanks to Nanjiani and Gordon’s script—equally funny, frank, and frightening—The Big Sick emerges as an unshakeable comedy made by, and for, a generation rediscovering what intimacy means.” -Film Comment
“Littered with memorable performances by both comedians and bona fide actors like Holly Hunter, The Big Sick is, most importantly, hilarious, a rare quality impossible to overvalue.” -Filmmaker