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Although “The Big Sick” presents itself as a familiar story with an intercultural twist, it breaks from the typical boy-meets-girl form in more ways than one, with moving results.

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"Groucho and his brothers are outlaws, outcasts, and singular reproaches to society's injustices and hypocrisies with deep roots in Jewish forms of irony and dissent,” author Lee Siegel writes The famous dance sequence with Harpo leading a troupe of black children and adults, often dismissed as “another instance of Hollywood racism, is, on the contrary, as strong a statement of racial equality as you can find on the world of film”.

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