THE BIG SICK(15)
D: Michael Showalter
Amazon/Filmnation (Judd Apatow & Barry Mendel)
USA 🇺🇸 2017
W: Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon
DP: Brian Burgoyne
Ed: Robert Nassau
Mus: Michael Andrews
Kumail Nanjiani (Kumail Nanjiani), Zoe Kazan (Emily Gardner), Holly Hunter (Beth Gardner), Ray Romano (Terry Gardner), Adeel Akhtar (Naveed)
The Big Sick offers a breakthrough role for Pakistani-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who plays himself in this partly autobiographical rom-com, in which he embarks upon a romance with grad student Emily Gardner, where they are met not only with culture clash obstacles, but a mysterious illness which leaves Emily comatose.
Emily's parents travel to the big city to watch over their daughter's state of health and become charmed by Kumail's personality.
The film is practically a 21st century twist on Love Story with more focus on humour, and though the dialogue feels like it was written by Buzzfeed staff, there are many charming moments and some good performances, particularly from Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Emily's parents.
It's not a surprise that many critics are naming The Big Sick amongst their favourites of 2017.