The Big Sick

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Michael Showalter
Production: Amazon Studios
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 84 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

Keep it going

for the next performer,

my man, Mr. Kumail Nanjiani.


Um, I'll tell you about myself.

I grew up in Pakistan.

And people are always

asking me, what was that like?

Really not that different

from here.

I mean, we played cricket,

which is just a spicier version

of baseball.

And we prayed a lot.

- Well, not a lot. Just five

times a day. -

and we marry someone

our parents find for us,

arranged marriage, you know?

But for me, it was probably

that we got

episodes of knight rider

a little bit later.

And by "little bit later,"

I mean we just got episode two.

- -But other than

that, it was exactly the same.

So, these are my real journals,


And this is the woman

who wrote them.

- Poor gal.

Yeah. She-she has

no idea that, like,

giant titties

are about to sprout

and change her life


So, uh, thank you guys...

There's no bad crowds, dude,

only bad comedians.

You complain about

the crowd, like, all the time.

Yeah, like, that's when

they're really bad.

That's like 90% of the time

they're really bad?

Look, will you just watch

and give me notes tonight,

all right?

If we both give each other

notes, I think it helps.

Your notes are just,

add more fucks into the bit.

- That doesn't help anybody.

- Hey, f***, f***'s a funny word.

It's soft on the top

and it's hard on the end.

That was truly horrible.

- That was so bad.

- What happened?

- Just watch. -I'll watch.

I'll give you notes.

- All right. Thank you.

- Hey, that was great.

No, he didn't

even crack a smile.

- I thought I was gonna puke.

Oh. -Who?

Bob Dalavan.

Who's Bob Dalavan?

Bob Dalavan works for

the Montreal comedy festival,

you f***ing doof.

- He's here?

- Yes. Don't you want to get noticed?

- Don't you want to move to L.A.?

- Oh, my god.

Hang out

with Elijah wood and sh*t?

Nobody's on stage?


He might've been doing cocaine.

Was he doing cocaine


True cokehead.

- Cokehead.

- I wonder if he was.

Now, before I bring out

the next guy,

you guys know tonight

is jell-o shot Tuesday!

And we all know what happens

after eight jell-o shots.

We urinate all over

ourselves and... puke.

Okay, so I'm gonna

bring up the next comic.

- Confidence. Poise.

- You know this man...

- Give it up for Mr. Chris Jones!

- Smile.

- Chris!

- He's like if a serial killer

f***ed an inspirational speaker.

He's like Daniel day-Lewis,

except he sucks.

I've tried his warm-up.

- It does not work for me.

- So unsettling.

Just bought a laser printer.

Printed out, like,

six lasers so far.

- Maybe.

- Hey, Dodd.

Uh, Dalavan's

in the crowd tonight.

- Can I do ten?

- No, five minutes.

- You know the deal.

- Come on, man.

You put out chairs,

you do five minutes.

I'll double it up next time.

Come on.

What are you gonna do in there?

- I'm making up next week's schedule.

- Okay, cool.

I was in bed with my girlfriend

and I was trying to mansplain

to her that, you know,

we-we are on one little rock

orbiting one star in a galaxy

of a billion stars in a universe

full of a billion galaxies.

You know, so I forgot

your birthday.

- Who gives a sh*t?

Like, you are cosmically

overreacting to this.

Honestly, you are being

super selfish.

You're right,

but you're selfish.


Have you guys heard of this

drug cocktail called cheese?

Uh, I saw these news reports,

so I looked up what cheese is,

and cheese is a mixture.

Cheese is Tylenol pm and heroin.

So, really, it's heroin.

Heroin's doing

the heavy lifting.

Just do the heroin.

It's very powerful.

You already have heroin.

Is Pakistan in the house?


You're not from Pakistan.

I would've noticed you.

Are you kidding me?

- Mm.

He just gave you Montreal?

Like, you don't have to showcase

- or audition or anything.

- No.

It was too easy, almost.

Like, I wanted to struggle.

I wanted, I wanted a story

to be able to tell on talk

shows, and instead, like...

You guys don't know

how tough it is not to struggle.

It's-it's a struggle

succeeding effortlessly.

Did he say anything about me?


- What about me?

- He, they, both of you.

He said, "those guys performed."

I truly hate you, actually.

We all hate you.

- Hi.

- Hi.

- Hello.

- Um, my name's Kumail.

Yeah, we know.

Yeah, we saw you perform.

Now that the niceties

are out of the way, um,

I have to tell you

that when you yelled at me,

it really threw me off,

and, uh, you really shouldn't

heckle comedians.

It's so rude.

I didn't heckle you.

I just whoo-hoo'd you.

It's supportive.

- Okay, that's a common misconception.

- Uh-huh.

But yelling anything at a

comedian is considered heckling.

Heckling doesn't have

to be negative.

So, if I, if I yelled out, like,

"you're amazing in bed!"

That'd be a heckle?

- Yeah. It would be

an accurate heckle. -Cool.

Whoa. Bye.


- Don't go.

No, you can...

- I'm going.

- You scared my friend off now.

What's your name?


Emily. Here. I want

to show you something, Emily.

This is your name in Urdu.


Does this move work?

I've had some minor success

with it.


So, you just came to

a comedy show with your friends?

Yeah. We're all grad students

at the university of Chicago.

What are you studying

at grad school?

I study psychology.

I'm going to be a therapist.

Oh, so you're gonna sit

on a couch, and, like,

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Emily V. Gordon

Emily V. Gordon (born May 3, 1979) is an American writer, producer and podcast host. She co-wrote the 2017 romantic comedy film The Big Sick, based on her relationship with her husband and frequent collaborator, comic Kumail Nanjiani. Gordon and Nanjiani won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for The Big Sick; they were also nominated for a 2018 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, among many other nominations. Gordon began her career as a family and couples therapist before becoming a writer and comedy producer. She co-created the live show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and its television counterpart for Comedy Central, and has written for television (The Carmichael Show), a book (Super You), and for several online and print publications. more…

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