The Big Sick parents guide

The Big Sick Parent Guide

East meets West.

Release date July 14, 2017

Cultural expectations and differences are a big problem for Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), a Muslim man born in Pakistan, and Emily (Zoe Kazan), a Caucasian, American woman. Their affair remains a secret until Emily becomes seriously sick and Kumail meets her parents (Ray Romano, Holly Hunter) in the hospital waiting room.

Why is The Big Sick rated R? The MPA rated The Big Sick R for language including some sexual references.

Run Time: 120 minutes

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The Big Sick
Rating & Content Info

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

Why is The Big Sick rated R? The Big Sick is rated R by the MPAA for language including some sexual references.

- Occasional upsetting scenes.

Sexual Content:
- Sexual references, language and innuendo.
- Crude content.
- Embracing and kissing.

Approximately 80 instances of coarse language: Including:
- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in a sexual context.
- Frequent use of scatological slang.
- Infrequent use of profanity, cursing, and vulgar expressions.
- Slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
- Alcohol use.
- Tobacco use.

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News About "The Big Sick"

Kumail Nanjiani, not only stars in this film, but he writes the script as well (with help form Emily V. Gordon). The inspiration comes from his own life, as this is a telling of his relationship with Emily (played here by Zoe Kazan), the woman who eventually became his wife.

The movie takes a humorous and serious look at parental expectations, racial/religious prejudice and cultural differences, and how they affect a young couple who are falling in love despite these challenges.

Along with writing and acting, Kumail is also a producer and comedian. He can be seen a HBO comedy series Silicon Valley.

From the Studio:
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 produced by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).

Cast and Crew

The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter and stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Big Sick movie is September 19, 2017. Here are some details…

The Big Sick releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) on September 19, 2017. Bonus features include:
- “A Personal Journey: The Making of The Big Sick” Featurette
- “The Real Story” Featurette
- 2017 SXSW Film Festival Panel
- Cast & Filmmaker Commentary with Actor-Writer Kumail Nanjiani, Writer Emily V. Gordon, Producer Barry Mendel and Director Michael Showalter
- The Big Sick: The Other Stuff
- Deleted Scenes
- The Bigger Sick: Stick Around for More Laughs

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Cultural and racial differences divide couples in the movies Bride and Prejudice, London River and The Visitor.

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