The Big Sick. 2017. USA. Directed by Michael Showalter. DCP. 120 min.
Life is hard enough for a fledgling stand-up comedian, but imagine what it’s like to be one from a traditional Pakistani American household. Kumail Nanjiani plays a version of himself in this fictionalized account—cowritten with his wife Emily V. Gordon—of their actual drama-filled courtship. Expected to pursue a “normal” career and marry a Pakistani woman, Kumail must defy his family on both fronts. A surprise hit at the box office, this romantic comedy traverses the complex world of identity politics, cultural difference, and family conflicts with no shortage of heartwarming humor. Courtesy of Amazon Studios.