If the first 45 minutes and the rom-com finale are pretty weak, the middle sections quite makes up for it. It is exactly the bit that Apatow enjoys (see "Funny People) : an akward-serious comedy about death and desease. Something that goes beyond the everyday life of a stand-up comedian. The parents are interesting. It is really a refreshing 30 minutes. But caught in between too many clichés.
I really appreciated the shift in the mainstream perspective about prejudices on muslim communities in the West. Integration into a neoliberal society with breaking long-time traditions (e.g arranged marriage) is not the easiest piece of cake out there. Otherwise a nice love story.
Generic hipster romcom. Also, I haven't watched a movie in ages where I disliked a character as much as I dislike the Emily character. She reminds me of shitty women you go out of the way to avoid. She can't act either. I felt so sorry for the main guy having to deal with her. It's hard to get invested in a movie when you fail to see how the main character can love the girl he's going after.
The same hipster sitcom Hollywood has been peddling for a long time. Fashionable politics supposedly make it timely, but the setup feels weak to me at best. Nanjiani is a talented stand-up, but his acting needs work. His friends are assholes, his love interest is an emotional wreck, her parents are plot devices. A contrived romantic comedy which practically begs you to care about it's gratingly adorable characters.
The Big Sick is one of the top 2017 comedies I've seen this year. With consistently hilarious family/friend dynamics and equally solid dramatic elements, it's great to see Kumail Nanjiani and Michael Showalter elevating humor above the incessant sophomoric cookie-cutter "comedies" that have been churned out in recent years.