Magazine September 11, 2017, Issue

Love and Its Complications

Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick (Lionsgate)

The dog days of summer are a good time to catch up on the season’s counterprogramming, the movies that somehow found an audience while competing against superhero sequels, commercial juggernauts, and the deserved success of Dunkirk. This year, the best of the rest has the worst possible title: It’s The Big Sick, a romantic comedy that escapes that genre’s present exhaustion by the novel method of putting its leading lady in a coma.

That lady is Emily (Zoe Kazan), a Chicago grad student who becomes an object of affection for Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), the son of Pakistani immigrants who’s disappointing his

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