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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)

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On a 2019 episode of Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik, Kumail mentioned how he planned the scene where his character breaks down during his stand-up act. The audience of extras' laughter was legit and were laughing at the other stand-up acts filmed for the final cut of the movie. When Kumail finally came on stage, the extras nervously laughed until they realized Kumail was breaking down. See more »

Goofs

When Holly Hunter is signing papers to discharge her daughter from the hospital, she checks the time on her watch by looking at the bottom of her wrist. However, the face of the watch is on the top of her wrist, so she wouldn't be able to see the time. See more »

Quotes

[Terry tells Kumail that he cheated on his wife]
Terry: It was horrible, too. As soon as I was finished, as soon as I finished, I was like, "what did you fucking do? What did you just do?"
[Terry shouts at the top of his lungs]
Terry: "What did you do?"
[Terry pauses]
Terry: You know, that-that, uh, moment of clarity you get, right after an orgasm.
Kumail: Yeah.
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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 Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Leave Tomorrow
Written by Hugh Kirkpatrick
Performed by Chuck Kirkpatrick
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Hilarious & poignant, at the same time.
5 July 2017 | by Anurag-ShettySee all my reviews

The Big Sick tells the true story of Kumail(Kumail Nanjiani). Kumail is an amateur stand-up comedian. He meets & falls in love with Emily(Zoe Kazan). Kumail & Emily become a couple. Now they have to decide whether their relationship has a future, due to the massive difference in their cultures. This makes things between Kumail & Emily, complicated.

The Big Sick is a fantastic movie. What is fascinating about this film is that, it's based on the real life love story of Kumail(who also wrote the film) & co-writer of the script, Emily V. Gordon. Director Michael Showalter has done a bang-up job, balancing the romantic, comedic & dramatic elements of the movie. This film is laugh-out- loud funny but, it can also make you feel emotional, from time to time. The performances are spot on. Kumail Nanjiani is brilliant as Kumail. Zoe Kazan is spectacular as Emily. Nanjiani & Kazan share an adorable & effortless chemistry, in all their scenes together. Holly Hunter is outstanding as Beth. Ray Romano is awesome as Terry. Anupam Kher is superb as Azmat. Zenobia Shroff is great as Sharmeen. Adeel Akhtar is excellent as Naveed. Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler & Shenaz Treasurywala are impressive as CJ, Mary, Chris & Fatima, respectively. The Big Sick is a must watch for romantic comedy fans. Go for it, as soon as you can.


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