This movie stars Kumail Nanjiani as himself. Kumail is an Uber driver with hopes of making it big as a standup comedian. During one show he is heckled by a woman in the audience named Emily. After his act is over, he goes to meet her. Kumail invites Emily, who is played by Zoe Kazan, to go with him to his apartment and so begins their relationship.

Kumail, being Pakistani, is from a family bound by tradition. His mother repeatedly tries to set him up in an arranged marriage with a nice girl of his own culture. She knows nothing of Emily. One day Emily finds pictures of all the girls Kumail had met and an argument ensues. Kumail will not go against his family, so Emily ends their relationship. A miserable Kumail later learns that Emily is very ill and fighting for her life. He now has a very real decision to make – family or love.

This movie will no doubt end up on my top ten list. It’s absolutely fabulous and based off of Kumail’s real life. The direction by Michael Showalter is perfect. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano play Emily’s mother and father and make an excellent addition to the cast. Zoe Kazan and Kumail were tremendous in their roles and I loved the glimpse into the serious beliefs of Kumail’s Pakistani culture. The movie hits a lot of emotions: humor, love, and sadness. Go see this one.

I gave it 4 out of 4 stars.

I think you’ll here about it once the Oscars are announced.

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