Itís a lousy title, and yes, itís about someone who gets very sick. But hereís hoping that doesnít scare you away. There are a few things prospective viewers should know, even if one of them gives away a big plot element.

Letís start with that: The person who gets sick gets better. Itís OK to reveal that, because this is a true story, and that person is Emily Gordon, who co-wrote the script many years after the events in the film take place.

Also, ďThe Big SickĒ isnít what would generally be classified as a ďfamily movieĒ; itís certainly not for kids, but it does happen to be about families and their accompanying challenges. The main reason to see the film, though, is to be taken on its emotional roller coaster ride. Thereís some very serious stuff going on here, yet at the same time, thereís also some very funny stuff going on.

There are a lot of diverse ingredients in this stew of a movie. At its center are the young man and woman, of absurdly different backgrounds, who find not only a commonality between them, but also a strong attraction. They are Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), a struggling standup comic making his way through the clubs of Chicago, and Emily (Zoe Kazan), a professional woman going through a rough personal patch who happens to be in one of those clubs one night, and makes enough noise as an audience member to get the performerís attention.

They meet, they get to chatting, they go to bed together, and they both agree that neither of them is looking for a relationship right now. But thereís such an honest and funny sweetness between them. Theyíre great with each other.

But then that family business rears its head. Kumailís parents, though calling America their home for a long time now, have never shaken off their Pakistani roots. A matter of extreme importance to them, especially for his old school mom, is that he will someday go the customary route of agreeing to an arranged marriage. So itís impossible for him to tell them that heís dating a white, non-Islamic woman. Thatís also where some of the serio-comic elements come in. Kumail regularly goes to his parentsí home for dinner, and inevitably, mom has secretly invited an available young local Pakistani woman to ďdrop byĒ to meet Kumail and leave a photo of herself. Kumail, naturally, is thinking only of Emily.

We donít get to know much about Emilyís parents until things go wrong between her and Kumail, she walks out on him, and then the ongoing hint (a red nose) that sheís had a cold for a while, erupts into an awful situation: A late-night phone call to Kumail from Emilyís roommate announcing that sheís in the hospital, very sick, and that he should get over there ... now.

Complications ensue, not only with her undiagnosed and life-threatening health problem, but with the arrival of her parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) and the way they are thrown into interaction with the now confused and frightened Kumail. Making things even worse for him, he still hasnít able to tell his parents about the existence of Emily in his life.

Thereís tension everywhere: Between Kumail and Emilyís parents (though the terrifically crafted script works out that problem), between Kumail and his own parents, and between Emilyís parents (some baggage is eventually revealed). On top of that, thereís Kumailís concern over the unconscious Emily and his feeble attempts to keep his comedy career going under all of this strain.

The main thing to consider here is that the script was co-written by the real Kumail and the real Emily. Not only do they share a fascinating story, they also figured out a nearly picture-perfect way to tell it.

ó Ed Symkus writes about movies for More Content Now.

ďThe Big SickĒ
Written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon; directed by Michael Showalter
With Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter
Rated R