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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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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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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14 July 2017 (USA)  »

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Un amor inseparable  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$421,577, 25 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,872,467, 19 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,328,624, 21 August 2017
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The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was very well received, which started a bidding war between Sony, Focus Features, Amazon and Netflix for the distribution rights. The co-creator of the film, Kumail Nanjiani, wanted the film to have theatrical distribution, which eliminated Netflix from the bidding war since they are not a proponent in that distribution model. The film's distribution rights were eventually bought for around $12 million by Amazon, who is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, with all of its films getting at least some kind of theatrical run. The $12 million deal was one of the largest deals in Sundance's history. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film we see Kumail throw a photograph on the pile of pictures in his cigar box. Below several other pictures is a photograph of a woman in a light blue hijab. Later in the film he again throws a photograph on the pile. It is the same picture of the woman in the light blue hijab. See more »

Quotes

Emily: [Whilst using her phone to book an uber] Listen, I had a really nice time, thank you very much. I'm just going to like, call an Uber, go home and I hope
[gets interrupted by Kumail's phone alert]
Emily: Just...
Kumail: [showing Emily the Uber request] Your driver will be ready as soon as he puts on his pants.
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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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Referenced in KVIFF Guide: Episode #1.5 (2017) See more »

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My Love
(uncredited)
Written by Inara George
Performed by The Bird and the Bee
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The Best Comedy of the Summer
18 July 2017 | by See 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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