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The Big Sick

  • 2017
  • R
  • 119min
  • 98%
  • 7.6 / 10

Pakistani comedian Kumail Nanijani and American grad student Emily Gardner find themselves in the throes of love as their relationship blossoms along with their differing cultural backgrounds. When Emily contracts a serious lung infection that placed her in an induced coma, Kumail is forced to come to terms with Emily’s hostile parents, his family’s disapproval, and his true feelings.

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The Big Sick had been in development for three years. Gordon and Nanijani drew inspiration from the real-life courtship between them before their marital union in 2007. The script has been popularly dubbed as semi-autobiographical since a large part of the film reflects real events in Gordon and Nanijani’s relationship. The film premiered on January 20, 2017, at the Sundance Film Festival. Prior to its official theatrical worldwide release on July 14, 2017, the film initially had a limited release on June 23, 2017. It garnered a total gross of $56 million worldwide against a production budget of $5 million, making a record as one of the second highest-grossing independent films of 2017. The Big Sick won critical acclaim from its critics, with American Film Institute dubbing it as one of the top 10 films of 2017. It also earned several awards and nominations, including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes assigned the film a high approval rating of 98%. On Metacritic, The Big Sick received an average score of 86/100. Market research firm CinemaScore’s poll of audiences resulted in a high grade of A.

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Directed by Michael Showalter from a screenplay penned by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanijani, The Big Sick is a 2017 American romantic comedy film loosely based on Gordon and Nanijani’s relationship. The film stars Nanijani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar, and Anupam Kher.