‘The Big Sick’ Will Make You Laugh, A Lot

In The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily V. Gordon (Super You) tell the story of how they fell in love. It turns out the road to becoming a podcast-hosting power couple isn’t always easy. First, Nanjiani has to deal with the clash between his own hopes and beliefs and those of his Pakistani parents. Then, Emily falls sick with a mysterious illness and is placed in a medically-induced coma. As Nanjiani tries to figure out what to do, he shacks up with Emily’s parents, played hilariously by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter. Line after line of biting wit ensue.

Overall Impression

One part Meet the Parents. One part 50/50. One part Don’t Think Twice. Better than all three.

Why You Should See It

Kumail Nanjiani’s star is rising so fast it can even give Ray Romano and Holly Hunter a little boost without losing steam.

Best Part

When Kumail uses Emily’s finger to open her iPhone when she’s in a coma. Could not stop laughing.

Worst Part

While this film could have had a Sleeping Beauty effect (absent female protagonist), it did well to avoid that. So, no worst part.

Alternate Interpretation

A great American tale about why you need health insurance in your 20’s.

Overall Rating

8/10. One of Apatow’s best productions of late (directed by Michael Showalter). It’s proof that Nanjiani and Gordon are names to know.