The Big Sick

Mar 16, 2017 | 3:15pm – 5:14pm CT
The Big Sick

credit: Nicole Rivelli Copyright: © 2016 While You Were Comatose, LLC.

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, "The Big Sick" tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.

When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry, who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

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Michael Showalter




Director: Michael Showalter
Executive Producer: Glen Basner, Ben Browning
Producer: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel
Screenwriter: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
Cinematographer: Brian Burgoyne
Editor: Robert Nassau
Production Designer: Brandon Tonner-Connolly
Music: Michael Andrews
Principal Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler


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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Year: 2016
Genre: Comedy
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 119 mins