Based on their own experiences, The Big Sick tells the story of comedian Kumail Nanjari and his wife Emily Gordan (played in the movie by Zoe Kazan). They are in love, but struggle with Kumail’s attempt to reconcile this relationship with the expectations of his Pakistani family. Then she becomes ill, and as she lies in hospital in an induced coma, he meets her parents Beth (Holly Hunter) and Terry (Ray Romano) and comes to terms with just how important Emily is to him.
There’s a lot to love about this film, even discounting the wonderful cast. The challenges faced as a couple, the expectations of family, but I think my favourite aspect was the barriers that remained when Emily is brought back to consciousness. So often in relationships, one person reaches a certain point of understanding without the other, and this amplified when one has literally lost time through being in a coma. It is funny, very cleverly so, and very good.