The pitch for The Big Sick might sound like a tacky weepie you'd have been afraid to watch on TV in the 1990s. But it's hard to do justice to the balancing act that the creators of this singular comedy have achieved. Based on events in the life of star Kumail Nanjiani (who co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Emily V. Gordon), it starts as a lighthearted, freewheeling opposites-attract rom-com and then heads into surprisingly grim territory -- without ever betraying its wild sense of humor.
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