The Big Sick is brilliantly directed and captivatingly beautiful. Infused with honesty and authenticity, this film presents real struggles, while delivering a comedic aspect to keep it light at heart, but enough to still tug on the strings. Director Michael Showalter, created a superb rom-com for the ages, and he is to be commended.
The film is 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) whom 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 produced by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).
The film had its World Premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and will be released by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate in New York and Los Angeles on June 23, 2017 with a national rollout to follow.
Running time is 119 minutes
MPAA rated R
THE BIG SICK will be released by AMAZON STUDIOS and LIONSGATE
in NY & LA on 23 June 2017 with a national rollout to follow.