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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.

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