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The Big Sick

The Big Sick

An awkward true story. Jun. 23, 2017 USA 120 Min. R
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Kumail Nanjiani isKumail Nanjiani
Kumail Nanjiani
Zoe Kazan isEmily Gardner
Emily Gardner
Holly Hunter isBeth Gardner
Beth Gardner
Ray Romano isTerry Gardner
Terry Gardner
Anupam Kher isAzmat Nanjiani
Azmat Nanjiani
Zenobia Shroff isSharmeen Nanjiani
Sharmeen Nanjiani
Adeel Akhtar isNaveed Nanjiani
Naveed Nanjiani

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The Big Sick 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.Kumail is a young Chicago standup comedian who drives for Uber and performs at night. Though he has a one-man show about his Pakistani background, he has no faith in Islam, a fact he conceals from his Muslim family. His immigrant parents set him up with Pakistani women, hoping he will follow their example of an arranged marriage, but he is uninterested.During a show, Kumail is heckled by Emily, a non-Muslim white woman in the audience. He approaches her after the show and their one-night stand develops into a relationship. Kumail does not tell his family about Emily, as they would disapprove.

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When Emily finds pictures of the women Kumail’s parents have set him up with, Kumail admits he does not see a long-term future with her due to his family’s expectations. Emily ends their relationship.Kumail learns that Emily has been taken to the hospital after having fainted. A doctor tells him that Emily has a serious lung infection and must be immediately placed in an induced coma with tracheal intubation. He signs the permission form and calls her parents, Beth and Terry. Aware that Kumail hurt their daughter, they tell him he is not needed, but Kumail stays and the three become close as they deal with Emily’s illness.Surgery is ineffective and the infection spreads to Emily’s kidneys. Beth wants to transfer Emily to a different hospital, but Kumail and Terry disagree. Beth and Terry argue, and she brings up Terry’s past. Terry stays with Kumail and reveals that he cheated on Beth and regrets it.Kumail’s parents visit his apartment, angry that he is not taking their marriage suggestions seriously. Kumail tells them that he does not want an arranged marriage and has no interest in Islam, and reveals his relationship with Emily; his parents disown him.

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Original title The Big Sick
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