"The Big Sick" begins with a meet-cute, proceeds confidently through flirtation, sex and full-fledged romance, then skids to a halt with a nasty breakup, followed by the kind of dire medical emergency that seems fated to end in reconciliation or grief.
It sounds like the stuff of a conventional romantic dramedy, and on some level it is. Certainly you can sense the imprint of
Conventionality is a funny thing, though (and so, for that matter, is "The Big Sick"). In charting the romance between a Pakistani American man and a white woman, played by Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, the film invigorates the Apatovian formula and indeed an entire genre with a thorny study of interracial relationships and the bonds that hold immigrant families together across an ever-widening generation gap.