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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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Amor de Improviso  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,529,590 (USA) (16 July 2017)

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$42,872,467 (USA) (19 October 2017)
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Trivia

The line where Terry mentions the game, "Throw the Chalk at Jimmy," was improvised by Ray Romano. See more »

Goofs

Movie is supposed to be an autobiography loosely based on their lives. They got married in 2007, there is a scene in which Kumail uses Emily's fingerprint to unlock her phone, but that technology was not present on the iPhones then. See more »

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Terry: So, uh, 9/11.
[everyone looks at Terry expectantly]
Terry: No I mean, I've always wanted to have a conversation with
[gestures at Kumail]
Terry: about it. With
[gestures again at Kumail]
Terry: people.
Kumail: You've never talked to people about 9/11?
Terry: No what's your, what's your stance?
Kumail: What's my stance on 9/11? Oh um, anti. It was a tragedy, I mean we lost 19 of our best guys.
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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

References Beetlejuice (1988) See more »

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My Love
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Written by Inara George
Performed by The Bird and the Bee
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Comic Placebo for Serious Issues
14 August 2017 | by (Old London, New England) – See all my reviews

Like most comedies, 'The Big Sick' is powder-puff drama spiced up with some humorous moments. Its plot tells how a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian embarks on a love affair with a blonde psychology student when she heckles him during one of his stage shows. After she discovers his family are pressing him to choose a Muslim bride for a traditional arranged marriage, she breaks up with him but soon afterward falls ill with a serious infection. He realizes he's still deeply involved with her while keeping vigil at her hospital bedside - and when her parents arrive, the three of them attempt to break through some cultural differences.

The characters and story possess some originality and relevance, but the film's effect could have been far more intense if it hadn't focused principally on laughs. Despite the strong emotional content - love, family and ill-health - the film never escapes the clutches of light comedy. The actors deliver respectable performances, but their efforts can't lift the material above the level of a forgettable sit-com. Ken Loach's 'A Fond Kiss' explores similar territory in a far more memorable manner.


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