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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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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)

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

14 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Sick See more »

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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was the only non-Best Picture nominee for the year to be nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene at the Comedy Club we see Mary do part of her set. When she comes backstage where the men are, she is wearing a different outfit and her hairstyle has changed. 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 »

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Features Knight Rider (1982) See more »

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She Let Me Go
Written by Brian Clayton Costello & Gary Costello
Performed by Brian Clayton & The Green River Band
Published by Westunes Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP) / Rock Garden Holdings (ASCAP)
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A Beautiful Sweet Film about Complexities of Diversity and Relationships in Modern America
17 March 2017 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

The Big Sick was very warmly-received at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. The Big Sick is a superbly original romantic comedy/drama based on a true story of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife Emily Gardner; they co-wrote the script together. Kumail stars as himself. It starts from the premise of the inherent difficulties of interracial, inter-religious relationship between a Pakistani- American comedian and white woman in Chicago who face both the normal difficulties of relationships combined with the pressures of Kumail's overbearing, but loving family who demand that he participate in an arranged marriage to a Pakistani girl. Kumail is caught between competing worlds. The situation spins out-of-control when Emily becomes extremely ill and Kumail has to deal with her parents.

The amazing part of this movie is that it deals with deeply serious complex issues, but does so with humor and grace. The screenplay is remarkable and nuanced, but is infused with a comedian's sense of humor that captures the real human comedy that exists in all personal relationships. You will die laughing when Emily's bewildered father turns to Kumail in a hospital cafeteria and asks him, "What do you think of 9/11?" and Kumail responds as a comedian should to such an outrageously stupid question. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are excellent in the roles of Emily's parents.

While based on a true story, I'm sure parts have been fictionalized to bring the drama and the humor of the events to the screen, but it appears that the basic Romeo & Juliet premise is based on the screen writers' real relationship. The film's ability to balance the deadly serious and the comedic reminds me of the wonderful film 50/50 (2011) which also dealt with a deadly illness with a similar light touch. This beautiful film which deals so well with the complexities of overcoming cultural differences serves as a good anecdote to our charged political climate and especially with the demonization of Islam that has become all too dangerous in this country. I hope it is the breakout comedy hit of the summer when it goes into wide release in July.


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