Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Big Sick

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Big Sick

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In the Sundance hit film directed by Michael Showalter, we meet Kumail--a stand-up comedian who is also an Uber driver in Chicago. The story begins when Kumail's comic routine is interrupted by a female audience member's loud heckling. Later, the two hit it off over drinks and when she needs a ride home, Kumail's Uber obliges. Thus begins a romance that blossoms over kitschy horror movies and a lousy inflatable mattress.

We soon learn that Kumail (played by Kumail Nanjiani) has regular family dinners with his Pakistani Muslim family that feature a different "drop-in" guest--always a young Pakistani woman that his mother hopes is Kumail's perfect mate. When Emily (Zoe Kazan) finds out, she confronts Kumail, who admits that he's never mentioned her to his parents. This ignites a fight and a breakup.

But when Emily faces a serious medical crisis, Kumail is summoned to the hospital to be a next of kin of sorts. Kumail calls her parents (played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano), and they race to Chicago and take over. …

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