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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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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 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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,872,467, 19 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,328,624, 21 August 2017
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Sound Mix:

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

When Kumail doesn't show up to dinner, his brother Naveed claims to have called him multiple times. Later on, Kumail checks his phone to see several missed calls from his mother and none from Naveed. 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

Features The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) See more »

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March of the War Priests
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Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Felix Mendelssohn)
Performed by Ben Holiday
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The best Judd-Apatow-produced rom-com ever.
18 July 2017 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Not every indie comedy can buffet jokes about The X-Files and ISIS in practically the same breath, but director Michael Showalter does it with understated ease in The Big Sick. Be prepared to chuckle a bit over the pop-cult references and weep a bit over the heroine's hospitalization. Also be prepared to laugh about arranged marriages, Pakistani style, and a meet-cute that doesn't always bring a smile.

The anchor of this layered comedy is Kumail Nanjiani, not only a subtly smooth stand-up comedian but also a handsome leading man, whose low-key approach to ambition and love puts him in the pantheon of heroes who are believable, self-effacing, and charming. The story is built around his courtship of Emily (Zoe Kazan) based on his wife, Emily V, Gordon, who is co-writer of this warm, sentimental and ultimately realistic screenplay.

Perhaps that realism is just what so endeared me to this dramedy because it fairly depicts the humor of competing cultures and the strains of everyday life in stand-up comedy Chicago and the world. Yet, it is lighthearted rather than grim, with comic toss-off lines that beg for a return to the film to enjoy the ones you may have missed.

You may also return to see the star turns of Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Emily's parents, Beth and Terry. The two pros can jump from flip to serious in a flash. They alone are a whole film experience wrapped in another film.

The Big Sick is more mood and tone than plot, a quiet reflection of the complicated lives that face more than decisions about sleeping around or telling your family all about your life. Although you may have experienced the cute lover suddenly rushed to hospital in countless other rom-coms, producer Judd Apatow has made sure you will laugh as you enjoy his iconic comedies, now in a higher form than ever, and wax philosophical at the slings and arrows of love in different cultures.


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