Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani appear in The Big Sick by Michael Showalter, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nicole Rivelli.
We can’t stress this enough: Don’t let the generic rom-com-dram trailer fool you, this is something truly special, and the trailer doesn’t fuck up much of the big surprises in store for you along the way, so that’s good. To save you time and another two thousand words of gushing praise, just check our SXSW review for more. If you’re lazy, let’s just say this: Aside from Baby Driver (literally a once-in-a-lifetime synthesis of editing, sound design and direction), this was the best movie we saw there this year. Yeah, we know! We were surprised too.
Have a look at the trailer, if you dare.
Here’s a synopsis:
“Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, ‘The Big Sick’ tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. ‘The Big Sick’ is directed by Michael Showalter (Hello My Name Is Doris) and producer by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This Is 40) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, The Royal Tenenbaums).”