Michael Showalter’s new film The Big Sick stars Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, and it’s based on Nanjiani and his wife (and co-writer) Emily V. Gordon’s real-life love story. The A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd calls it an “enormously winning comedy,” but the most exciting thing about The Big Sick is that it actually takes place in Chicago, a.k.a. the Windy City, a.k.a. Chi-Town, a.k.a. Hotdogsville. Oh sure, it’s got Ray Romano and honest emotional stakes, but that stuff pales in comparison to the possibility of establishing shots that feature the Willis Tower, the historic Guaranteed Rate Field, or one of the city’s Portillo’s locations.
For anyone who lives in Chicago and would like to see their beloved city as the backdrop for a touching romance, The A.V. Club is giving away a few free passes to an early screening of The Big Sick. The screening will be held at AMC River East at 7:00 p.m. on June 27, and it will even include a Q&A session with Nanjiani and Emily Gordon. All you have to do to get passes is fill out your information at this link, but remember that advance screenings are often intentionally overbooked, so be sure to arrive early if you want to secure a seat.
For people who can’t make the screening but still want to see a movie about love, The Big Sick will open in Chicago on June 30, and it will get a wide release on July 14.