“The Big Sick” real-life Romantic Comedy, Interracial love vs arranged marriage

thebigsickThere’s a new romantic comedy based on a true story, “The Big Sick”, that will probably make you laugh, cry, and think.  Here’s the summary from the official movie website:

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 (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) 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 (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and producer by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).

You can watch the trailer below.  What’s not included in the summary (but is in the movie trailer) is that Emily has already broken up with Kumail because it doesn’t seem like there is a future for them together – she finds out he is set for a traditional arranged marriage.  But his love for her keeps him close to Emily and grows.

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