7.8/10
25,399
141 user 213 critic

The Big Sick (2017)

Trailer
2:55 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

IN THEATERS
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.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
25 ( 1)
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Baby Driver (2017)
Action | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem
Wonder Woman (2017)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
The Hero (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.

Director: Brett Haley
Stars: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Director: Trey Edward Shults
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

Director: Patrick Hughes
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman
The House I (2017)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After the town takes away their daughter's college scholarship, a couple start an illegal casino in their friend's house to make back the money.

Director: Andrew Jay Cohen
Stars: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Ryan Simpkins
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
CJ
...
Mary
...
...
Khadija
...
Nurse Judy
...
Bob Dalavan
...
Andy Dodd
...
Sam Highsmith
Edit

Storyline

Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), in the middle of becoming a budding stand-up comedian, meets Emily (Zoe Kazan). Meanwhile, a sudden illness sets in forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma. Kumail must navigate being a comedian, dealing with tragic illness, and placating his family's desire to let them fix him up with a spouse, while contemplating and figuring out who he really is and what he truly believes. Written by Brett Lee Swerbilow (brettswerbilow@gmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An Awkward True Story

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 July 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor de Improviso  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$421,577 (USA) (23 June 2017)

Gross:

$42,487,093 (USA) (15 September 2017)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In real life, Emily spent a total of 12 days in a coma. 3 months later, she and Kumail were married. See more »

Goofs

When Holly Hunter is signing papers to discharge her daughter from the hospital, she checks the time on her watch by looking at the bottom of her wrist. However, the face of the watch is on the top of her wrist, so she wouldn't be able to see the time. See more »

Quotes

[Kumails friends discuss Emilys medically induced coma]
Chris: You know, it might be a good thing. Like, she might wake up with a new skill. Like, my cousin, blacked out once, and then, when he came to, he thought he knew a different language.
CJ: Did he?
Chris: No. Apparently, it was... It was just gibberish that he made up. It was brain damage.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the beginning of the end credits, photos of shown of the real-life inspiration behind the Emily character, as well as the wedding between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani and Nanjiani's real-life parents. See more »

Connections

Referenced in KVIFF Guide: Episode #1.8 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Zombies
Written by Elisabeth Ellison, Patti King, Matt Rafferty, Cameron Spies, Randy Bemrose & Riley Geare
Performed by Radiation City
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Big Winner!
2 July 2017 | by (India) – See all my reviews

'The Big Sick' is pure cinematic bliss. This Heartwarming True-Story is told in a Unadultrated, Simple & Emotionally Empowering way, that leaves you wanting for more.

'The Big Sick' is based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily Gordon. Kumail's traditional Pakistani Muslim family is unhappy with his relationship with Emily, a White American. When Emily is waylaid by a mysterious illness, Kumail must take charge of the crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry, whom he barely knows.

'The Big Sick' is an overwhelming experience, that left me with a big smile on my face. Its beautiful love-story, with the backdrop of two diverse families, from two extreme ends of the world. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon re-tell their heartwarming, albeit intense journey, with pure skill. The two successfully capture their real life experiences & nurture into a terrific cinematic experience. The Writing is top-notch & offers a realistic take on different religions, without ever taking sides. Such Writing deserves an Oscar Nomination. Michael Showalter's Direction is simplistic, yet wonderful. Cinematography & Editing are effectively done. Art & Costume Design are perfect.

Performance-Wise: Kumail Nanjiani is wonderfully restrained, delivering a performance driven by pure feeling. Zoe Kazan as Emily, is extraordinary. Although she gets limited screen time in comparison to the others, the actress leaves a solid mark. Ray Romano & Holly Hunter, as Emily's parents, are flawless. What Performers! Anupam Kher as Kumail's Father & Adeel Akhtar's as Kumail's brother, are excellent. Bo Burnham & Kurt Braunohler shine as Kumail's fellow stand-up mates. Others lend support.

On the whole, 'The Big Sick' is an Unmissable Gem. Two Big Thumbs Up!


35 of 56 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?