The Big Sick

2017 film by Michael Showalter

The Big Sick is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Showalter and written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. It stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar, and Anupam Kher. Loosely based on the real-life romance between Nanjiani and Gordon, it follows an interethnic couple who must deal with cultural differences after Emily (Kazan) becomes ill.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2017. It began a limited theatrical release on June 23, 2017, by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate, before going wide on July 14, 2017. One of the most acclaimed films of 2017, it was chosen by American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. With a budget of $5 million, it grossed $56 million worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing independent films of 2017.

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Plot

Kumail, an Uber driver in Chicago, is a struggling stand-up comedian with a one-man show about his Pakistani American background. His immigrant parents set him up with young single Pakistani women, expecting that he will follow their example of an arranged marriage, but he is uninterested.

After a show, Kumail has a one-night stand with Emily, a white psychology student, and they begin a relationship. Kumail does not tell his family, fearful they will disown him. After five months, Emily finds photos of the young women Kumail's parents have set him up with. When he tells her he does not know if they have a future, she breaks up with him.

Kumail gets a call in the middle of the night from Emily's friend who tells him that Emily has been hospitalized; she has a serious lung infection and must be immediately placed in an induced coma. He signs the permission form, despite repeatedly arguing with the doctor that he is not her husband, and calls her parents, Beth and Terry. Aware of their daughter's messy breakup with Kumail, they tell him he is not needed, but Kumail stays and the three become closer as they deal with Emi... ...read more

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