An Awkward True Story.
Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and part-time Uber driver Kumail (playing himself) and white postgraduate student Emily (Zoe Kazan) first get together after she heckles him at one of his Chicago gigs. Cultural differences put their relationship under strain, however, as Kumail strives to fend off his Muslim parents’ efforts to push him into an arranged marriage.
Then Emily falls seriously ill and is put into an induced coma, throwing Kumail into the company of her distraught out-of-towner parents (wonderfully played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). Adroitly balancing seriousness and humour as its drama unfolds, The Big Sick is heartfelt, touching and very funny.
Certificate 15. Runtime 117 mins. Director Michael Showalter
The Big Sick is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from StudioCanal.