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THE BIG SICK (2017) (R)

Oct. 20, St. John's Episcopal Church 207 Albany Ave., Kingston

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, this romantic comedy tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who meets an American graduate student named Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily is beset by a mystery illness that lands her in the intensive care unit, hooked on life support, Kumail navigates the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) whom he'd never met but finds himself developing a bond with. Winner of 16 critic and festival awards, including four Best Comedy awards and Movie of the Year by the American Film Institute. "Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . it's a rom-com of both heart and brain about a couple tested by illness and clashing cultures." Peter Howell, The Toronto Star. "A very funny movie with a surprising amount of depth." Peter Reiner, The Christian Science Monitor. Rated R.