The First Look At Kumail Nanjiani’s “Culture-Clash Comedy” Will Make You Laugh-Cry

Critics have compared it to Aziz Ansari's Master of None. Also Ray Romano is in it.

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Hope you like laughing and crying and then laughing while crying and generally making a gross blubbery mess of yourself, because Kumail Nanjiani’s new movie is here to make you do all of those things.

Written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick is about the couple’s real life courtship which was repeatedly derailed, first by his family’s conservative religious beliefs and then by a mysterious illness that saw Gordon placed in a medically induced coma.

Nanjiani stars as himself across from Zoe Kazan as Gordon, while Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, who everybody loves, play her concerned parents Beth and Terry.

The film scored rave reviews out of Sundance, and was purchased by Amazon Studios for a staggering $12 million. The New Yorker commended the film for its depiction of “secular Muslims that American audiences rarely see”, while Indiewire praised Nanjiani and Gordon’s screenplay for “exploring the nature of the minority experience in America”. They also compared it to Aziz Ansari’s Master of None.

If nothing else, watching Romano squirm his way through a conversation about 9/11 looks like it’ll be worth the price of admission.

The Big Sick hits cinemas in the US on June 23.