Film of the day: The Big Sick

The Big Sick

Real-life courtship translates brilliantly to the silver screen as Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani (who co-writes with wife Emily V Gordon) stars as a fictionalised version of himself – a Pakistan-born stand-up who meets and quickly falls head over heels for grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan).

Their blossoming cross-cultural romance is cut short, though, when it emerges that Kumail is under family pressure to find a nice Muslim bride.

Still, when Emily suddenly slips into a medically induced coma the most unlikely of second chances presents itself, as Kumail at last finds himself getting to know Emily’s parents (the excellent Holly Hunter and Ray Romano)… in the hospital waiting room.

Film of the day: The Big Sick – in Sky Store from Monday 20 November onwards.