The Big Sick review: Touching tale of real-life love
Just when it seemed that heartfelt romantic comedies might be in terminal decline, along comes director Michael Showalter's uplifting and bittersweet tale of cross-cultural love.
Based on the real-life courtship of Pakistani-American stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V Gordon, The Big Sick is a small, perfectly formed gem, which is polished to a dazzling glister by a superb ensemble cast.
Nanjiani plays himself to deadpan perfection and he catalyses molten screen chemistry with co-star Zoe Kazan.
The two-hour running time allows Nanjiani and Kazan to populate each unfussy frame with flawed, believable and endearing characters, who don't always know what to say to ease the pain of the people they adore.
Director Showalter sidesteps genre cliches, allowing the pithy and occasionally withering words to speak louder than his actions.