The Big Sick. 2017. USA. Directed by Michael Showalter. 120 min.

The Big Sick, and Q&A with Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Holly Hunter, and Michael Showalter

Life is hard enough for a fledgling stand-up comedian but try to imagine what it’s like to be one from a traditional Pakistani American household. Kumail Nanjiani plays a version of himself in this fictional tale co-written with his real-life wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their actual and drama-filled courtship. Expected to pursue a "normal" career and marry a Pakistani woman, Kumail must defy his family on both fronts. A surprise hit in the box office, this romantic comedy traverses the complex world of identity politics, cultural difference, and family conflicts with no shortage of heart-warming humor. 

A Q&A with Kumail NanjianiEmily V. Gordon, Holly Hunter, and director Michael Showalter follows the screening.


The Big Sick. 2017. USA. Directed by Michael Showalter. 120 min. Courtesy of Amazon Studios.

on-site tickets

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advance Tickets

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Watch Q&A Live



Location: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
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This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, producer, film exhibitions and projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter. Additional media support is provided by Time Out L.A.