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Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.

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Storyline

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. Written by Brett Lee Swerbilow (brettswerbilow@gmail.com)

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An Awkward True Story

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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14 July 2017 (USA)  »

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Amor de Improviso  »

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$7,529,590 (USA) (16 July 2017)

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$38,151,532 (USA) (21 August 2017)
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The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was highly well received. Which started a bidding war for the distribution rights between Sony, Focus Features, Amazon, & Netflix. Co-creator of the film, Kumail Nanjiani wanted the film to have theatrical distribution which eliminated Netflix from the bidding war because they're not a proponent in that distribution model. The film's distribution rights were eventually bought for around $12 million by Amazon who is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, with all of its films getting at least some kind of theatrical run. The $12 million dollar deal is one of the largest deals in Sundance's history. See more »

Goofs

In the hospital waiting room scene when Kumail first comes back after being told he could go home, Emily's mom's necklace is tangled in her glasses chain. In the next shot, they are separated. See more »

Quotes

Kumail: [talking about Chris] He's like if a serial killer fucked an inspirational speaker.
CJ: He's like Daniel Day-Lewis except he sucks.
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Crazy Credits

In the beginning of the end credits, photos of shown of the real-life inspiration behind the Emily character, as well as the wedding between Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani and Nanjiani's real-life parents. See more »

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Romantic comedy, hilarious but also deeply poignant
1 July 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film depicts a couple's challenge in grappling with the cultural differences of their Pakistani and white American families in this portrayal of the protagonist's real-life relationship. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan are wonderful in their respective performances as the couple that gradually weaves together an amazing story. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are equally splendid as the parents of the girlfriend. In fact, there are no weak links in the cast.

It's a film that goes from being a diverting portrayal of the life of a stand-up comic to a romance story to an allegory on overcoming cultural barriers in the United States. The tonal shifts might seem extreme at first, but they gradually cement a powerful narrative that makes for a lot of laughs but also becomes bittersweet and endearing without resorting to a hint of sentimentality.

The film takes on a new form when the girlfriend is beset with a severe illness. From there, the comedy aspect gradually becomes something of a supporting part to a deeper character study and exploration of family and cultural pressures even in the face of unanticipated grave events. You will laugh, you will be close to tears and you might engage in your own introspection after watching this film. Brilliantly written and beautifully acted, this one is from the heart. Recommended to the highest degree.


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