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THE BIG SICK
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, the film tells the story of the Pakistan-born aspiring comedian (Kumail as himself) and grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan).
Kumail and Emily, his real-life wife, wrote the screenplay for The Big Sick, one reason it feels so authentic.
What starts as a casual courtship – with Emily telling comedian/uber driver Kumail they ‘can’t keep doing this’ before immediately pashing him – turns into a lovely relationship.
But unbeknownst to Emily, Kumail still indulges his traditional Pakistani parents in regular dinners where prospective wives turn up to meet him in what his mum hopes will lead to his marriage to ‘a good Muslim girl’.
How Kumail navigates the cultural differences between his Pakistani heritage and his life in Chicago could be a movie in itself, but this is just the jumping off point for The Big Sick’s real drama.
The Big Sick is refreshing and original. Book it in for your next date night.