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Harvey Weinstein’s Rape Allegations: Nicole Kidman, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Bourdain, and More Speak Out (Updated)

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Harvey Weinstein’s Rape Allegations: Nicole Kidman, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Bourdain, and More Speak Out (Updated)
Today’s New Yorker article revealed new allegations against Harvey Weinstein — including accusations he raped actress Asia Argento and two others — and prompted a number of Hollywood’s elite, politicians, and other notable names to issue statements and take to Twitter to support the brave women who have come forward to tell their stories.

It has been five days since the first Weinstein bombshell came in the form of a New York Times article — based on six months of exhaustive reporting by Jodi Kantor and Megan Thowhey — which detailed numerous accounts of sexual assault, harassment, and monetary settlements. Since the Times article, many in Hollywood have remained quiet, but with Sunday’s firing of Weinstein by his company’s board of directors and today’s article written by Ronan Farrow, the floodgates have opened.

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The Big Sick

This modern romantic comedy about stand-up comedians generates a genuine warmth about people, the ones-who-need-people kind. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s comic dramatization of the way they became a couple is a big winner, with heart-tugging performances from Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, and fine characterizations by Holly Hunter, Zenobia Shroff, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.

The Big Sick

Blu-ray + DVD

Lionsgate

2017 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 120 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / 39.99

Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler, Vella Lovell.

Cinematography: Brian Burgoyne

Film Editor: Robert Nassau

Original Music: Michael Andrews

Written by Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

Produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel

Directed by Michael Showalter

These days even caustic mainstream comedies are trying to rediscover sentimentality, without being sentimental. The Big Sick succeeds in generating genuine warmth even though it’s set in the middle of stand-up culture,
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‘Comrade Detective’ Trailer: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Unite For A 1983 Romanian TV Series

‘Comrade Detective’ Trailer: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Unite For A 1983 Romanian TV Series
If you like your action-spy dramas like “The Americans” and “Homeland,” that is with serious political overtones and lots of high tension, then “Comrade Detective” probably isn’t for you. But if you love Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt at their goofiest and are a fan of “Kung Pow! Enter the Fist” then you won’t be able to resist bingeing this new Amazon series.

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As the hilarious first trailer makes very clear, “Comrade Detective” is the story of a hit 1983 Romanian buddy cop TV series that finds its way into Tatum and Gordon-Levitt’s hands. The two actors decide to bring the series to America, but not by starring in an adaptation themselves. Instead, they assemble an all star voice cast to lip dub the Romanian series. “Comrade Detective” is the result of this endeavor.

Take a deep breath,
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‘Comrade Detective’ Trailer: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Unite For A 1983 Romanian TV Series

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‘Comrade Detective’ Trailer: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Unite For A 1983 Romanian TV Series
If you like your action-spy dramas like “The Americans” and “Homeland,” that is with serious political overtones and lots of high tension, then “Comrade Detective” probably isn’t for you. But if you love Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt at their goofiest and are a fan of “Kung Pow! Enter the Fist” then you won’t be able to resist bingeing this new Amazon series.

Read MoreChanning Tatum Gets The ‘ArcherTreatment in R-Rated Animated George Washington Flick

As the hilarious first trailer makes very clear, “Comrade Detective” is the story of a hit 1983 Romanian buddy cop TV series that finds its way into Tatum and Gordon-Levitt’s hands. The two actors decide to bring the series to America, but not by starring in an adaptation themselves. Instead, they assemble an all star voice cast to lip dub the Romanian series. “Comrade Detective” is the result of this endeavor.

Take a deep breath,
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“The Big Sick” is one of the year’s best films so far

We’re reaching the point in the year where some top notch counter programming is about to be released. In fact, today we get one of 2017’s best films overall in The Big Sick. This movie is a supremely entertaining romantic comedy that quickly reveals itself to be much more than just that. At the beginning, it’s a Judd Apatow production through and through, and one of his better ones (among the ones he’s just produced). Then, about halfway in, it takes a right turn that separates it from the pack. Before that, it still would be quality entertainment, but this second half makes it damn near awards worthy. Yes, this movie is just that good. Once again, here is a quick summation for The Big Sick. This film is based on the real life relationship between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. We’re introduced to the latter as Kumail (Nanjiani playing himself) is toiling as a struggling stand up. When he’s heckled in the crowd by Emily (Zoe Kazan), an instant spark is there. Neither wants to commit to anything serious, but neither can deny the chemistry they share. At the same time, Kumail is dealing with an endless parade of Pakistani women that his mother Sharmeen (Zenobia Shroff) is inviting over for the dinner, in the hopes of an arranged marriage. That pressure eventually spills over and ends things for Emily and Kumail, but when the former winds up in the hospital, it’s Kumail who has to sign papers putting her in a medically induced coma. Emily’s parents Terry (Ray Romano) and Beth (Holly Hunter) then arrive, ready to send their daughter’s ex on his way. Something in him tells him to stay though, and as Emily fights for her life, Kumail gets to know Beth and Terry, seeing an influence on Emily that he never realized. I won’t say where it goes, but considering the real life people are pretty public about things, you should be able to guess. Michael Showalter directs a script that Gordon and Nanjiani co-wrote together. Also in the cast are Adeel Akhtar, Kurt Braunohler, Aidy Bryant, Bo Burnham, Anupam Kher, and more. The aforementioned Apatow produces. This movie is just tremendously good. I actually saw the movie over a month ago and really loved it. Not only do Kazan and Nanjiani have a sparkling chemistry, Hunter and Romano take things to the next level when [...]
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The Big Sick Movie Review

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Based on a real life romance, The Big Sick is the love story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, who, by the way, also wrote the script. Kumail Nanjiani, perhaps best known in the Us for playing Dinesh in HBO’s Silicon Valley stars as himself in the Michael Showalter directed film. Also starring Zoe Kazan (Emily), Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, and Zenobia Shroff, the film opens in NY and La on Friday, June 23rd.

Kumail, a standup comedian, has an instant connection with grad student Emily, despite the fact that she heckled him during his set. However, what they promised would be just a one-night stand blossoms into true love. Complicating this love story is the life that Kumail is expected to live by the traditions of his Muslim parents. The pressure to make a choice between his two worlds become too much for Kumail, and he and Emily break up. When Emily gets sick with a mystery illness and is put into a coma, it forces Kumail to get lost in the world of medicine, hospitals and a medical crisis with her parents Beth and Terry, who he’s never met. It is a journey of his emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

There are movies that can either make you laugh, or can make you cry, or can touch your heart and sometimes really make you get lost in the world and the lives of these characters, but not many movies provide all of these experiences at once: The Big Sick does all this and more! The story, the performances of every cast member, the cinematography, the laughs and all the feelings it evokes, makes The Big Sick honestly one of the best movies I have seen this year.

One of the greatest things about the film is that it shows just a moment in time of these characters and that is brilliant. The rich little vignettes that make up this big moment of Kumail and Emily are done perfectly. Every scene feels real and true and you are completely involved and invested in their story.

The fact that it is a real story makes it even more poignant and happy, but if you did not know that was a real love story going into the film, it still would make you laugh, sigh, cry, be frustrated and hope for a happy ending.

The cast; oh, that cast is perfect! All the actors make their scenes play true and work together to create some amazing glimpses into Kumail and Emily’s story.

It must have been hard for Kumail Nanjiani to revisit this story. Perhaps going back to that time really brought his feelings to life, but I feel that it might have been a burden for him as well. I have always thought that funny actors make the best dramatic actors when given the right material and he certainly proves that to be true. From his funny lines, to his burgeoning love, his frustration and confusion, his pain, and his realization of what really matters, he speaks volumes. He is brilliant.

From the first moment she appears on screen, Zoe Kazan sparkles. Full of quick wit with a twinkle in her eye, she shines in the early part of the picture. However, it is the more serious scenes that really blow you away. The pain she conveys will break your heart as hers is breaking and it is astounding.

The two of them together are cute, funny, loveable, awkward, heart warming, at times wistful and melancholy. You so want them to stay together forever. They are a perfect jodi!

Ray Romano as Terry is funny, doleful and wonderful. He brings gravity but at the same time lightness to the part and the movie. Loved his performance in the film.

Holly Hunter takes over the focus when she is onscreen with her total fierceness and full commitment to the role and her story. I always love Holly Hunter and this just made me love her more!

Anupam Kher brings a layer of depth to the film. He plays Kumail’s dad in some great comic as well as serious moments, but also with so much feeling. He brings a lot of heart and caring.

Zenobia Shroff is fabulous. She plays Kumail’s rather eccentric mom perfectly with no trace of caricature. I loved her wonderful feigned surprise at the seemingly endless parade of potential daughter-in-laws. Then her pain and anger near the climax of the movie is fully true and we believe it.

We also have to mention Bo Burnham as Cj, Aidy Bryant as Mary and Kurt Braunohler as Chris. As I was watching it, I kept thinking, they should get a comedy troop along with Kumail together, it would be so good! I would watch that tour or show! That speaks to their talent, their realism and their funny.

Adeel Akhtar also has some fabulous moments on screen and delivers his quiet lines with a lot of impact.

Also a shout-out to Myra Lucretia Taylor, though her part as the nurse was small, I see her and the looks in her eyes in my mind when I think of this film.

There are probably nitpicky things I could say but they paled in comparison to the greatness of this film.

The Big Sick is a romantic comedy but it is more. It is a modern rom-com but presented in an honest way rather than being gimmicky, and that makes it even more special. It is everything that a good romance, a good comedy, a good drama, a good film should be! Perfect! I highly, highly recommend that you go see it! I can’t wait to watch it again, even with the sad parts!

An Amazon film, produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This is 40) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, The Royal Tenebaums), The Big Sick opens in limited release in NY and La tomorrow June 23rd and the opens nationwide on June 30th!

Did I say you must see this excellent film? Oh well … it must be said again: go experience that brilliance of the moment in time of The Big Sick!
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'The Beguiled' and 'The Big Sick' Reviews: Yankee Soldiers and Coma Girlfriends (But No Alien Robots)

'The Beguiled' and 'The Big Sick' Reviews: Yankee Soldiers and Coma Girlfriends (But No Alien Robots)
If you're in the market to watch massive robots level cities and various other historical monuments in the ongoing battle to save humanity, then oh boy, do I have a movie to recommend for you! But if you are looking for an antidote to summer tentpoles about aliens and monsters -- perhaps something more sinister, something with more heart, or if you just want to see a movie where women actually actually speak to one another -- might I suggest The Beguiled or The Big Sick (both out in L.A. and NYC on June 23 and expanding next week).

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The Beguiled is a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, which starred Clint Eastwood as an injured Yankee soldier taken in by an all-girls academy in the Antebellum South. The 2017 iteration tells the story from a woman's perspective
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Zoe Kazan continues a strong run of performances with “The Big Sick”

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Zoe Kazan. For my money, she’s among the best actresses working in the business right now, and almost undoubtedly one of the most underrated. She is truly something special. This Friday, she displays that talent again in The Big Sick, one of 2017’s finest films so far. I plan on raving more about the flick in a couple of days, but at the moment, I want to make it more about Kazan, since she’s one of the strongest aspects of the movie. Without her, it just doesn’t work the way that it does. Here’s hoping that one day her efforts are justly rewarded. She certainly deserves it. Again, I’ll have more to say about The Big Sick in a few days, but here again is a summation. This film is based on the real life
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'The Big Sick' Review: Welcome to the Funniest Date Movie of 2017

'The Big Sick' Review: Welcome to the Funniest Date Movie of 2017
A struggling Chicago stand-up comic and Uber driver named Kumail, played by the terrifically talented Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh on Silicon Valley), is poleaxed by the news that his girlfriend Emily (Zoe Kazan) has fallen unexpectedly and inexplicably ill. While doctors look for answers, she lies in a medically induced coma. Hard to believe? Nope. Nanjiani and his wife/co-screenwriter Emily V. Gordon carved this romantic comedy out of her personal hospital experience and their own culture-clash relationship. Their hilarious and heartfelt script has a rare authenticity that pulls you in
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Review: ‘Rough Night’ is an Energetic, Derivative Comedy

With a title that most studio comedies set over a single evening could adopt, Rough Night riffs on Very Bad Things, Bridesmaids, The Hangover — and even some Jawbreaker and Weekend at Bernie’s, for good measure — as murder and farce coalesce at a bachelorette party. It’s the sort of premise one hopes will wring out a bit of tension and a good deal of laughs as its talented ensemble walk a high-wire act of crime. While Lucia Aniello (one of many from Broad City involved here) brings a certain energy in her directorial debut and the cast do comedically click, Rough Night too often feels watered-down with a blatant disregard for basic logic, resulting in a comedy that’s ultimately more exasperating than clever.

Though they rarely reunite since their party-hard halcyon days of college, Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Frankie (Ilana Glazer), and Blair (Zoë Kravitz) are
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Rough Night Review

Lucia Aniello’s Rough Night isn’t alone in its ladies-gone-wild practices (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s Bad Moms most recently comes to mind), but her feature debut takes an aggressive stance that equal efforts undersell. Aniello’s uniting roar shakes the foundation of Hollywood’s raunch-comedy boy’s club. This gender-swapped Very Bad Things does lady-bonding right, and without “girls only” exclusivity. In a post-film Q&A, Aniello and co-writer/star Paul W. Downs admitted they think women are just funnier than men – and with material this giddily unhinged, you’ll get no argument from me. Pop them bottles and swim through those seas of dicks, ladies. You’ve earned it.

Scarlett Johansson stars as straight-laced Jess, a hopeful politician whose Miami bachelorette party reunites old college friends. Blair (Zoë Kravitz) leaves behind her custody battle, Frankie (Ilana Glazer) takes a break from full-time activism and Alice (Jillian Bell
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Scarlett Johansson sharpens her comedic chops in “Rough Night”

Despite having yet to receive an Academy Award nomination, Scarlett Johansson has developed a reputation as one of Hollywood’s best actresses. Whether she’s in art house fare, kicking ass as part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, or anchoring her own bigger budget flicks, she a true A-lister. One of the things she hasn’t done too much of late, but that she has a real aptitude for, is make people laugh. Yes, Johansson is an underrated comedic actress. Whenever she’s gone for humor, she’s succeeded in a big way. With a new release this weekend focusing on that, not only is it a good time to discuss her comic talents, but to reiterate her skill level overall. This week, she stars in the raunchy female centric comedy Rough Night. In it, Johansson plays Jess, a bride to be who is about to have a bachelorette party to remember.
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Sundance London 2017 Review – The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick, 2017.

Directed by Michael Showalter.

Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Bo Burnham.

Synopsis:

A couple struggling through cultural differences in their relationship hit an even bigger obstacle when one of them is suddenly hospitalised for a prolonged period of time.

A failing Asian performer, a romance jilted by traditional Islamic family values, and a surprisingly deep social undertone: it’s fairly difficult to pitch The Big Sick without stirring up at least some comparisons to Aziz Ansari’s Netflix mega hit Master of None. And while Kumail Nanjiani and real-life wife Emily Gordon don’t quite manage to cover the ground Ansari does as effectively, they certainly give it a solid run-for-its-money, and in their film’s finest moments, definitely show whispers of a whole new, much more progressive territory for the classic Hollywood rom-com.

The true-life romance at the centre of The Big Sick
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“The Big Sick” reveals a Trailer with a diagnosis for emotion and laughter

Yesterday, a First Trailer was released for The Big Sick, one of the most well regarded films to come out of the Sundance Film Festival this year. This romantic dramedy is the latest to emerge from Park City as a combination potential crowd pleasing success story as well as possible awards hopeful. Sundance has a bit of a knack for launching this sort of movie, and having seen the flick, I can vouch for it being one of the best they’ve birthed in some time. This is a top notch work that deserves every bit of acclaim that it has received so far since January. This film is based on the real life relationship between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. We’re introduced to the latter as Kumail (Nanjiani playing himself) is toiling as a struggling stand up. When he’s heckled in the crowd by Emily (Zoe Kazan
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Kumail Nanjiani's Sundance Hit 'The Big Sick' Debuts Trailer

Kumail Nanjiani's Sundance Hit 'The Big Sick' Debuts Trailer
The first trailer for Kuamil Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's The Big Sick is here, and it is about as charming as one would expect. 

The R-rated relationship dramedy is based on the real-life romance of writer Gordon (The Carmichael Show) and Pakistan-born comedian Nanjiani, who, in addition to navigating their cultural differences, also endured a life-changing twist when Emily contracted a mysterious illness.

Nanjiani introduced the trailer with Big Sick castmate Ray Romano, who plays the father of the onscreen Emily, played by Zoe Kazan. Holly Hunter, Aidy Bryant and Bo Burnham also star in the Judd Apatow-produced feature.

In the...
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19 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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19 Indies and Festival Favorites You Can’t Miss This Summer Season
This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, a look at the various trends driving the box office, and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — 19 indie standouts and festival favorites (including exciting new offerings from some of our favorite directors, from Kathryn Bigelow to Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola to Edgar Wright) bound for a big screen near you.

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The Lovers,” May 5

The concept of “The Lovers” is almost too cute: Middle-aged married couple Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winger) lost interest in each other long ago, and have both launched extramarital affairs,
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Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘The Big Sick’ Set as Seattle Film Festival Opener

Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘The Big Sick’ Set as Seattle Film Festival Opener
The Seattle International Film Festival has selected Kumail Nanjiani’s comedy-drama “The Big Sick” as its opening night film on May 18 at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

The Big Sick” also stars Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Bo Burnham and Aidy Bryant. Amazon acquired the rights for $12 million shortly after “The Big Sick” — which Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon wrote about their courtship, navigating their cultural differences and her mysterious illness — premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

Amazon has been touting its belief in distributing titles, which have included “Manchester by the Sea,” with a theatrical release. Nanjiani said on March 30 at CinemaCon, “We went with Amazon because of their commitment to theatrical release.”

The Big Sick” opens June 23 in a limited release before it expands on July 14. Judd Apatow is the producer and Michael Showalter (“Hello, My Name Is Doris”) is the director.
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'The Big Sick' to Open Seattle International Film Festival

'The Big Sick' to Open Seattle International Film Festival
The Big Sick will screen as the opening night gala of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

The Amazon feature comes from husband-wife writing team Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, director Michael Showalter and producer Judd Apatow.

The comedy is based on the real-life romance of Gordon and Nanjiani, who, while navigating their clashing cultures, endured a life-changing twist when Emily contracted a mysterious illness. Zoe Kazan portrays Emily in the film, which also features Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Bo Burnham and Aidy Bryant.

Siff’s opening gala and screening will take place at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center on...
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The Big Sick Creators Tell the Truth Behind the Story | Exclusive

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The Big Sick Creators Tell the Truth Behind the Story | Exclusive
It is pretty early in the year, but there is already a movie that has a lot of folks talking and could be an early awards season favorite. The Big Sick made a big splash at this year's Sundance Film Festival and wound up being one of the biggest sales at the event. Amazon Studios stepped in to purchase the buzzy, real-life romantic comedy for a whopping $12 million. They apparently have a lot of faith that this movie is going to be a big deal. As they probably should.

Following the debut at Sundance, The Big Sick recently screened for some lucky crowds at both SXSW and CinemaCon, and those who saw it seemed to be praising it just as highly as those who had viewed it at Sundance. The movie currently holds a very impressive 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with only a single negative review thus far. That
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The Big Sick SXSW Review: A Romantic Comedy That Defies the Genre

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The Big Sick SXSW Review: A Romantic Comedy That Defies the Genre
Romantic comedies are rarely more than something we use as a form of escapism and rarely do they depict anything that seems remotely real. In fact, they probably give us a lot of false expectations when it really comes down to it. However, when a romantic comedy is done in the right way, it can be a shining example of some of the best that cinema has to offer us. That is exactly what has been done with The Big Sick, a movie that could and probably should wind up in the awards season conversation at the end of the year.

Amazon's The Big Sick tells the real-life story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and how he and his wife Emily Gordon fell in love. The two fall hard for one another and things seem great until Kumail's Pakistani traditionalist family drives a wedge between them. Things change when Emily mysteriously
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