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The Big Sick (2017)

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Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.

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Michael Showalter
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 93 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kumail Nanjiani ... Kumail
Zoe Kazan ... Emily
Holly Hunter ... Beth
Ray Romano ... Terry
Anupam Kher ... Azmat
Zenobia Shroff ... Sharmeen
Adeel Akhtar ... Naveed
Bo Burnham ... CJ
Aidy Bryant ... Mary
Kurt Braunohler ... Chris
Vella Lovell ... Khadija
Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Nurse Judy
Jeremy Shamos ... Bob Dalavan
David Alan Grier ... Andy Dodd
Ed Herbstman ... Sam Highsmith
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Storyline

Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), in the middle of becoming a budding stand-up comedian, meets Emily (Zoe Kazan). Meanwhile, a sudden illness sets in forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma. Kumail must navigate being a comedian, dealing with tragic illness, and placating his family's desire to let them fix him up with a spouse, while contemplating and figuring out who he really is and what he truly believes. Written by Brett Lee Swerbilow (brettswerbilow@gmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An Awkward True Story

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Production on the film began on May 11, 2016 in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Kumail is eating pizza with Emily's parents they are not eating either of the two very common styles of Chicago Pizza. They appear to be eating a New York style pizza. See more »

Quotes

Emily: I feel good about the surgery.
Kumail: Yeah. Me, too. These doctors know what they're doing.
Emily: No, they don't. They're just winging it like everybody else.
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Crazy Credits

In the beginning of the end credits, photos of shown of the real-life inspiration behind the Emily character, as well as the wedding between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani and Nanjiani's real-life parents. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Supreme (2018) See more »

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Flat Nickel
Written by Andrew Carter and Brittany Carter
Performed by If Birds Could Fly
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The Best Comedy of the Summer
18 July 2017 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

One of my favorite things to do is go into a movie completely blind. Not watch a trailer, look at a poster, or even the cast list. It's incredibly difficult to do in today's age, especially because of how much I enjoy watching trailers, but when the chance comes along to see a movie with no prior knowledge, I take it.

The Big Sick is one of those rare movies that presents itself as 3 genres, in this case Drama, Comedy, and Romance, and it services each of those genres equally. So well that you have to mention all 3 if you're talking about the movie. It's not just a Rom-Com or a Rom- Dram, it's most certainly a Rom-Com-Dram. I haven't seen a film so effortlessly balance the 3 genres. This is all while seemingly reinvent the formula for a romantic comedy to beautifully fresh results. The Big Sick uses witty humor, charming leads, and socially important topics to give us the best film of the summer thus far.

A romance is only as good as its leads and their chemistry. Luckily, Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan grace the screen with a refreshingly awkward and charming presence. Being that I haven't really seen either of them in anything else, their relationship felt miraculously original. The Big Sick is based on Nanjiani's actual life, but this felt like a comedy unrestricted by real-life accounts while also honoring a serious subject matter that has its place. However, the two's chemistry isn't all this film has, its entire ensemble is something to behold. Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, Anupam Kher, Adeel Akhtar, Zenobia Shroff, and the various comedians do a wonderful job of rounding out the fantastic cast.

It doesn't fall back into genre clichés or tropes, doesn't fall back into an overly physical comedy (like most comedies do now), and it most certainly doesn't go the direction you think it's going to go. The Big Sick benefits from having a diverse cast and story and an impeccably funny but also poignant script. Heck, it also doesn't hurt that it takes place and was filmed in my hometown of Chicago. But the important thing is, this film restores my faith (once again) in original romantic comedies. Go see it.

+Diverse

+Original

+Funny & heartwarming

+Balances its 3 genres impressively

10/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

14 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$421,577, 25 June 2017

Gross USA:

$42,873,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,411,585
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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