This funny and moving film was co-written by stand-up comic Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Emily Gordon (essay writer and producer) and is primarily about a very difficult time in their relationship. It’s so far my favorite film of 2017 and I consider it a MUST-SEE, especially for my friends Steve and Chita L. from Sante Fe!
Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) is trying to make it as a stand-up comic and, to make extra money, he is also an Uber driver. He meets Emily (Zoe Kazan) at one of his sets. Although they are both not looking for a relationship, their chemistry is so great that they can’t stop seeing each other. Kumail, however, is a first-generation Pakistani immigrant. Unbeknownst to Emily, his parents are putting intense pressure on him to marry a Muslim, Pakistani woman. Due to this cultural and religious clash, their relationship doesn’t appear to have much of a future. Emily soon suspects this is the case, confronts Kumail, and they have a “big fight” about it.
Suddenly, Emily becomes critically ill with a mysterious illness, is hospitalized, and is placed in a medically-induced coma! At the hospital, Kumail meets and gets to know Emily’s parents, Terry and Beth (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter).
It’s one of those film where I can’t reveal any more about the plot without spoiling it. Suffice it to say that it’s a first-rate romantic comedy/drama with very serious themes about the problems immigrant families face, racism, and honesty in relationships. If you’re ailing from seeing mediocre films lately, “The Big Sick” is the Cure!