A real-life love story adapted into a real-life love story, The Big Sick is a romantic comedy. It was released in 2017. The movie was directed by Michael Showalter starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan.
The Big Sick was a cute romance movie that earned $56.4 million. The movie was even nominated for several awards like- the Academy Award, Critics’ Choice Movie Award, Writers Guild Of America, Screen Actors Guild, NAACP Image, etc. It won the Best Comedy at Critics’ Choice Award in 2018.
The Big Sick Storyline
The movie revolves around Kumail and Emily’s love story. Kumail is a Pakistani stand-up comedian and Emily is a graduate student. But unlike another love story, Kumail actually falls for her when she is in a coma and he takes care of her.
The Big Sick Cast
The cast of the film The Big Sick includes:
- Kumail Nanjiani as Kumail
- Emily V. Gordon
- Zoe Kazan as Emily
- Judd Apatow
- Ray Romano as Terry
- Holly Hunter as Beth
- Zenobia Shroff as Sharmeen
- Adeel Akhtar as Naveed
- Bo Burnham as CJ
- Myra Turley as Anna
- Kurt Braunohler as Chris
- Aidy Bryant as Mary
- Matthew Cardarople as Stu
- Kuhoo Verma as Zubeida
- Vella Lovell as Khadija
- Zach Cheery as Part Goer 4
- Mitra Jouhari as Yazmin
- Shenaz Treasurywala as Fatima
- Lauren Patten as Brooke
- Shunori Ramanathan as Sumera
- Spencer House as Racist Heckler
- Linda Emond as Dr. Cunningham
- David Alan Grier as Andy Dodd
- Jeremy Shamos as Bob Dalavan
- Rebecca Naomi Jones as Jessie
- Ed Herbstman as Sam Highsmith
- Celeste Arias as Denise
The Big Sick Plot
The Big Sick, based on the real love story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon is about a young Muslim man who falls for a white girl.
Kumail is a stand-up comedian and Emily is a graduate student, planning on becoming a therapist. Kumail is struggling which is why he’s also working as an Uber driver. They both meet at his comedy show which ends up with them spending some intimate together. Emily had actually heckled him during his set which led to their meeting.
Kumail, a Muslim living in a foreign land falls for Emily but he can’t disclose that to his family. Kumail has an elder brother who had an arranged marriage and seems perfectly content with his life. His parents want him to be happy but also follow his culture and traditions which is important for them.
Soon Emily gets sick which leads her to be in a medically-induced coma. Still fresh in their relationship, Kumail gets the opportunity to meet Emily’s parents in these circumstances while she lies on the hospital bed. The story moves on to focus on the relationship between Kumail and Emily’s parents as they stay beside her while she recovers.
Kumail has to perform a stand-up show for Emily’s parents. He is pestered by his parents with a box filled with pictures of potential brides. Emily’s parents initially dismiss him. But Emily’s mother also shuts down one of Kumail’s hecklers at a show when he makes racist comments.
The movie circles around several ideas but it’s done really well. This movie is a story of a meet-cute, a generational gap, arranged marriages, and what it means to love one’s culture and traditions with enough freedom.
The Big Sick Release Date
The movie was released on 14th July 2017 in the USA.
The Big Sick Review
The movie sure has romance and comedy but it also gives us a chance to look at the racism that’s endured by Kumail. The film shows vulnerability and a very crucial time in the couple’s life. It shows their chemistry which is enjoyable and only grows more as the film progresses. It’s a feel-good movie that focuses on real relationships instead of plot twists or grand gestures.
The representation of overbearing, emotional parents brings a fresh touch to their story. However, the relationship between Kumail and Emily’s parents will steal your heart. With the three people who have one thing in common: Emily, lying on the bed, it’s heart-warming to watch them move on from being cold to each other to accepting each other with open arms.
The Big Sick Famous Scene/ Dialogues
Here are a few scenes/ dialogues to help you reminiscence their cute story:
- “Your Driver Will Be Ready As Soon As He Puts On His Pants.”
- “Can I Get A Burger With Four Slices Of Cheese?”
- “She Just Dropped In.”
- “Stonehenge.”… “That’d Be A Winner.”
- “But Did They Look Under The Train?”
- “Do You Want ISIS To Have More People?”
- “That’s Why They Call It Love.”
- “What’s My Stance On 9/11?”
Where To Watch The Big Sick?
The Big Sick is available for streaming online only on Amazon Prime Video.
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