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The Big Sick (2017)

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United States | 124 min | R | DCP | Dir. Michael Showalter

Based on the true story of the film’s writers (and real-life couple), Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, this modern culture clash shows how Pakistan-born Kumail and his American girlfriend, Emily, have to overcome the expectations of his family and their 1,400-year-old traditions. As his parents relentlessly set him up with potential brides for an arranged marriage, Kumail navigates treacherous waters in the worlds of both dating and stand-up comedy.

Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, The Big Sick features a sterling collection of comedy talent in front of and behind the camera. Having acted in numerous previous Sundance Film Festival selections, Michael Showalter returns this time as a director with a hilariously insightful film that shrewdly puts the spotlight on its writer/star Kumail Nanjiani (HBO’s Silicon Valley). A revered comedian, Nanjiani shines in the lead role, bringing his singular voice to center stage. Mining his personal stories for comedy gold, he shares his experiences that are uniquely Pakistani but will resonate for everyone who has ever fallen in love. (SundanceInstitute.org)

"It's the best romantic comedy in years...Nanjiani and Showalter imbue the film with so much more character-based truth than we usually see from the genre." - Brian Tallerico (RogerEbert.com)

This event is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.

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