After debuting on the film festival circuit to critical acclaim at Sundance, “The Big Sick”, starring Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani, will be opening in theaters nationwide on June 23.
The film centers on a slightly fictionalized version of Kumail himself, a Pakistani-American working as a stand-up comic who is being pressured into an arranged match by his parents. After meeting Emily (Zoe) one night, they connect and start a relationship, which screeches to a halt when Emily finds out Kumail has been hiding their relationship from his parents.
Things take a dramatic turn as Emily is subsequently struck down with an illness and hospitalized. Kumail goes to the hospital to stay by her side, where he meets Emily’s parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). They display the same kind of hesitance about Kumail and Emily’s relationship as his own parents, though they gradually get to know each other better over the course of Emily’s hospitalization.
So far, the film has received great reviews, as well as acclaim for how it delves into the Muslim-American experience.
As Kazan told W Magazine, “the film is very casual in the way that it treats a family that is part of America that other people would treat as ‘other’. It’s part of the American portrait. The film itself I don’t think is political, but I think it’s very meaningful to have it come out in this political moment.”
Check out “The Big Sick” on June 23 at a theater near you.