The Big Sick

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"An awkward true story."
  • R
  • 2017
  • 2 hr 4 min
  • 7.5  (142,722)
  • 86

The Big Sick is a 2017 romantic comedy-drama starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, and Holly Hunter. The film is loosely based on the real-life romance between Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, who co-wrote the screenplay. The film follows Kumail (played by Nanjiani), a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian living in Chicago, as he navigates his career and his personal life. He has a strained relationship with his traditional Muslim family, who expect him to marry a woman from their community and enter into an arranged marriage. Kumail, however, has fallen for Emily (Kazan), a white American woman who he meets at one of his shows.

Their relationship is complicated by the cultural and religious differences between them, as well as Kumail's fear of disappointing his family. When Emily falls ill and is placed in a medically-induced coma, Kumail finds himself navigating his feelings for her while also dealing with her parents (played by Hunter and Ray Romano) who are in town to support her during her illness.

Throughout the film, Kumail grapples with his identity and his desires, as well as the expectations and customs of his Pakistani heritage. He must reconcile being true to himself with his desire to make his family happy and proud.

The film received critical acclaim for its authentic portrayal of cross-cultural relationships and the challenges faced by first-generation immigrants in America. It also touches on timely issues such as Islamophobia and racism, while also managing to be a heartwarming and comedic love story.

The performances in the film are stellar, with Nanjiani delivering a nuanced and subtle portrayal of a man grappling with his identity and his heart. Kazan is also excellent as Emily, capturing the spirit and humor of the real-life Emily V. Gordon. And Holly Hunter is a standout as Emily's mother, who proves to be a force to be reckoned with.

Overall, The Big Sick is a must-watch film that explores the complexities of love, culture, and identity in modern America. It's a film that will make you laugh, cry, and think deeply about the bonds that connect us all.

The Big Sick is a 2017 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 4 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 86.

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