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PRESENTED BY SCREEN NEXT THE SEA
At Alderman Peel High School,
Market Lane, Wells NR23 1RB
Directed by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Karan, Holly Hunter & Ray Romano
Do not be put off by the title of this rom com; it is a fictionalised version of a real life episode in the life of its co-authors, one of whom (Nanjiani) plays a version of himself as the male lead. His wife and co-writer, named Emily in the film, is played by Zoe Karan. Kumail is a “lapsed Muslim”, a would-be stand up comedian, currently working as an Uber driver, who is constantly fighting off his mother’s attempts to produce suitable brides for him. Meanwhile, he is developing a relationship with Emily , a graduate student training to be a therapist. When Emily becomes seriously ill and is in a coma, the extended families become involved and the film morphs into an ensemble piece in which they are the real focus. This is a funny, sharp and unsentimental film based on real life.