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A Pakistani-American stand-up comedian falls for an American woman, despite the fact that his family wants him to consent to an arranged marriage with someone from his own culture.
• 3½ stars out of four •
Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) is a Pakistani-American comic in Chicago who just wants to get enough laughs to have a shot at a career. One night at a comedy club, he encounters Emily (Zoe Kazan), a young woman who clearly finds him interesting — so much so that they wind up spending a lot of time together. As reluctant as he may be to admit it, Emily is the one for him. But something happens that neither of them could have anticipated: She becomes seriously ill. Kumail finds himself whiling away the hours in a hospital waiting room, in the company of two people he would rather have met under more pleasant circumstances: Emily’s empathetic dad, Terry (Ray Romano), and her hostile mom, Beth (Holly Hunter). If you’re a fan of Nanjiani — who co-stars in HBO’s “Silicon Valley” — you’ll like “The Big Sick.” A comedy-drama that he co-wrote with wife Emily V. Gordon, it’s a frequently hilarious byproduct of their real-life relationship.
Perhaps director Michael Showalter (“Hello, My Name Is Doris”) was so respectful of the material that he declined to make judicious snips. As it is, he elicits terrific performances — particularly from Romano, who delivers a funny yet deeply felt portrait of one man’s middle-age angst.
“The Big Sick” has a lot of charm. Just don’t expect the revolution in romantic comedy that its aggressive hype would suggest.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading