Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar, Anupam Kher, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant
Story: Romantic comedy directed by Michael Showalter based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily V. Gordon. Kumail’s who also wrote the screenplay.
The story follows Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe 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.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Kumail: My name’s Kumal.
Emily: Yeah, we know.
Jesse: Yeah, we saw you perform.
Kumail: Now that the niceties are out of the way I have to tell you that when you yelled at me it really threw me off and you really shouldn’t heckle comedians, it’s so rude.
Emily: I didn’t heckle you, I just woo-hoo’d you. That’s supportive.
Kumail: Okay, that’s common misconception.
Kumail: Yelling anything at a comedian is considered heckling. Heckling doesn’t have to be negative.
Emily: So if I, if I yelled out like, “You’re amazing in bed,” that would be a heckle?
Kumail: Yeah, it would be an accurate heckle.
Jesse: Oh. Bye.
Emily: Don’t go.
Kumail: No, you can…
Jesse: I’m going.
Emily: You scared my friend off now.
Emily: I think I’m going to go home. This was fun.
Kumail: Wait. Wait, we haven’t had sex again yet. Stay.
Emily: Yeah, I’m just not that kind of girl, I only have sex once on the first date.
Kumail: What is happening? What are you doing?
Emily: I’m changing under this blanket.
Kumail: I’ve seen everything. Do you remember, we were just having sex?
Emily: Yeah, but you were like in the throes of passion and… Listen I had a really nice time. Thank you very much. I’m just going to like call Uber and go home, and I hope… Just…
[as she contacts Uber, Kumail’s phone starts beeps at the same time, showing that he’s the Uber driver]
Kumail: Your travel will be ready as soon as he puts on his pants.
Kumail: I have to tell you something. I’ve, I’ve been dating this girl. She’s white. What?
Naveed: A white girl!
[the other diner patrons look at them]
Kumail: Shh. You can’t look like you and me. Yeah, a white girl.
[to the other patrons]
Kumail: It’s okay. We hate terrorist.
[as their doorbell rings]
Sharmeen: I wonder who that could be.
Kumail: I’m guessing it’s a young, single, Pakistani woman.
Sharmeen: This is Zubeida.
[as she hands Kumial a photo]
Zubeida: For your files. Your X-Files. That’s your favorite show, huh? “The truth is out there!”
[referring to his collection of photos of Pakistani women]
Emily: Are you judging Pakistan’s next Top Model?
Kumail: You know how we have arranged marriages in my culture.
Emily: Oh, my God. I’m so stupid!
Emily: Can you imagine a world in which we end up together?
Kumail: I don’t know.
Kumail: I’m looking for Emily Gardner. She was checked in tonight.
Dr. Wright: There’s an infection. We put her into medical induced coma.
Nurse Judy: [to Kumail] You should call her family.
Kumail: I know you guys said that you don’t need me this day, but I think I’m just going to wait anyway.
Beth: You guys broke up. I’m not sure why you’re here. You don’t have to worry about being committed to anything, Kumail, You didn’t want to when she was awake, there’s no need to do it when she’s unconscious.
Kumail: Well it’s more complicated than that.
Beth: You really don’t have to stay, Kumail. You have already done…
[she mouths the word “enough”]
Kumail: I’m just going to stay for a second.
[referring to the seat next to her]
Kumail: Is this seat…
[Beth puts her jacket on the seat]
[Kumail takes a seat a little further from Emily’s family; referring to Beth who’s looking at him]
Kumail: Is that lady still looking at me?
[joining Terry and Beth in the hospital canteen]
Terry: So, uh, 9/11. I’ve always wanted to have a conversation with…people.
Kumail: You’ve never talked to people about 9/11?
Terry: Oh, hey. Sorry. I didn’t mean to surprise you. I was just wondering if we were going to do anything, have you got any parlor games?
Kumail: I, I, don’t. What are parlor games?
Terry: Card games, board games. Do you play any board games?
Kumail: No, I’ve never…
Terry: Do you ever play “You Can’t Rhyme It”?
Kumail: How does that go?
Terry: It’s, uh, basically, you know, you try and find a word, a real world, that nobody can rhyme and then…
Kumail: Okay. Stonehenge.
Terry: Yeah, so you would win.
Terry: Yeah, that’d be a winner.
Kumail: I think I screwed up with your daughter.
Beth: Yeah, you did.
Terry: Let me give you some advice, Kumail. Love isn’t easy. That’s why they call it love.
Kumail: I don’t really get that.
Terry: I know. I thought I could just start saying something and something smart would come out.
Terry: Here’s a joke.
Beth: No, Terry, don’t. Terry is about as funny as a fart in at a funeral.
Terry: No, this is funny. This is a funny one. A giraffe walks into a bar and he says to the bartender, “Highball’s on me.”
[Kumail just stares at him]
Terry: You get it, right?
Kumail: Oh, that was the end of the joke?
Terry: Yeah, of course it was.
Kumail: That’s the whole joke?
Terry: That’s the joke, that’s the beauty of it. Boom.
Kumail: I thought there was more.
Terry: Look, again, he’s a giraffe, he’s tall, so it would stand to reason his testicles are high, and a highball is a drink. And you ruined it by saying I wasn’t funny first, that’s what it was.
Beth: [laughing] Oh, no, no, no.