Crazy Rich Asians

Based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller. Native New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her boyfriend to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore and meets his family for the first time.
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Jon M. Chu
Constance WuHenry GoldingGemma Chan
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Lisa LuAwkwafinaKen JeongMichelle YeohChris PangJimmy O. YangSonoya MizunoJing LusiRonny ChiengRemy HiiNico Santos
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Bookworm1818Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsFun and not at all offensive
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I've read way too many reviews from people who ARE NOT ASIAN who claim that they have some deep understanding of the culture and are somehow deeply offended by the movie. I don't even know where to start with this.

As an educated Asian American woman in my thirties, I have seen many offensive portrayals of Asians in movies. Subserviant women who are merely there to please a man, men who do not act masculine, men who have certain "shortcomings," that Asian character in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and characters showing how we are all supposed to be good at math or dress awkwardly.

This movie is unique in that it shows Asian people who are not so one dimensional. It does serve to show that the stereotypes I mentioned above are not indicative of the rich tapestry of the cultures in Asia.

It's a great movie, a good mix of family drama and romcom. If you look at it as a fun snapshot of a fictional family, and a movie that follows the American tradition of romcoms while featuring an all Asian cast (a Hollywood first,) you would know not to take it so seriously. For those who bitterly complained about another culture being misrepresented, stop thinking you're someone you are not. The majority of people I know from Asian ethnic backgrounds loved the movie.

It is also in the vein of a Korean soap opera. Oh wait, you didn't know that? Yeah, it's a fully accepted form of entertainment for millions of Asian people. Look into it. Then watch me laugh when you try to argue that those super popular shows should be banned.

Asian actors I know are psyched that there will be more parts, and much more dynamic parts, for them in the near future. I'm definitely happy about that. :)
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Carl SchultzReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsDelightfully Entertaining
Based on Kevin Kwan’s satirical novel of the same name, “Crazy Rich Asians” is the story of the Chinese-American Rachel Chu, a New York University professor of economics who’s persuaded by her Singapore-born boyfriend, fellow NYU professor Nick Young, to accompany him to his family home in Singapore to attend the wedding of his best friend.

What Rachel doesn’t know is that Nick is the scion of Singapore’s wealthiest and most powerful family, and that his best friend’s wedding is Singapore’s social event of the century. Rachel already suspects that Nick will use the occasion to propose to her…but doesn’t expect that in Singapore Nick’s proposal will be an occasion reminiscent of Prince Charming’s fitting the glass slipper to Cinderella’s foot.

“Crazy Rich Asians” sets a playful tone early in the picture when a snappy new version of the old Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford rock ‘n roll standard “Money (That’s What I Want)” plays over the opening credits and establishing shots with its familiar lyrics performed in Chinese. The movie then segues smoothly into a pleasant enough social comedy-slash-travelogue, as the American Rachel is introduced to local Singapore locations, customs, and cuisine.

But before long the picture dissolves into a more familiar triangulation of affection: Nick’s influential and traditionalist mother Eleanor, a society maven whose personality resembles that of the Dragon Lady without that character’s endearing qualities, strongly disapproves of Nick’s American girlfriend. Eleanor prefers that her son sacrifice romantic happiness in America in favor of a life of misery in Singapore—returning to his homeland to assume his ancestral obligations as the heir to the family fortune.

“Crazy Rich Asians” benefits strongly from the casting of the almost impossibly attractive Constance Wu and Henry Golding as Rachel and Nick. Individually Wu and Golding are physically stunning, but together they resemble the figurines atop a wedding cake, if those figures were modeled on Venus and Adonis.

Fortunately, both performers possess the acting chops to not only match their appearances, but also to make their characters sympathetic and genuinely likable. Which is no small feat, especially considering that the Cambridge University-accented Golding has no previous acting experience—the Malaysian-born performer was cast in the coveted role on the strength of his personality and experience as the host of the BBC’s “The Travel Show.” Golding also produced and appeared in the Discovery Channel documentary “Surviving Borneo.”

“Crazy Rich Asians” also features good performances from a supporting cast of performers which includes pop star and rap artist Awkwafina as Rachel’s best friend and former college roommate, comedian and actor Ken Jeong as the wealthy father of Awkwafina’s character, and Lisa Lu as Nick’s grandmother and matriarch of the family. Michelle Yeoh, familiar for her roles in the 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” and the Academy Award-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” from 2000, appears in the showcase role of Nick’s manipulative mother.

The dramatic emotional climax of “Crazy Rich Asians” occurs during a game of mahjong, played by Rachel and Eleanor with the solemn-faced gravity of the baccarat game between James Bond and his arch-nemesis Largo in 1965’s “Thunderball.” With its click-clack precision of colored playing tiles, the scene might contain considerably more significance to the mahjong enthusiasts in the audience, and concludes dramatically when one of the two opposing rivals for Nick’s affection snatches victory away from the other by revealing what appears to be the mahjong equivalent of a straight flush. If you’re able to guess which character prevails in the game, it might be an indication of the predictability of the rest of the picture.

Adapted from Kwan’s comic novel by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim and directed by Jon M. Chu, “Crazy Rich Asians” has been on the receiving end of some grouching by two sides of the discrimination debate. Some find fault with the picture for not including enough authentic Singapore-born Chinese in the principal cast, and others complain that the film doesn’t accurately portray Singapore’s colorful racial diversity, meaning that no roles were filled by the city’s Malay, Eurasian, and Indian populations.

But you can’t have everything. Some observers have noted that similar criticisms were made prior to the release of “The Godfather” by individuals of Italian-American descent, who eventually came around when the accolades and awards began to roll in. You might not notice the ethnic diversity problems in “Crazy Rich Asians,” though, so much as you come away with the revelation that Chinese families can be as goofy, eccentric, and unmanageable as anyone else’s. That’s probably the point.

The critics apparently don’t mind the diversity problems, either. Based on 144 reviews, “Crazy Rich Asians” has received an approval rating of 92% from the Rotten Tomatoes website, and an average score of 74% from Metacritic based on the reviews of 46 other critics. Exit audiences polled by CinemaScore assign the movie an average grade of A.

Originally projected to earn a up to $20 million during its opening weekend, estimates were raised to $30 million after advance screenings sold out at nearly all of the 354 theaters exhibiting the preview. Now playing at 3303 theaters across the United States, “Crazy Rich Asians” might just find itself exceeding expectations again.

Director Jon Chu and others have been quick to point out that the film is the first major American production since “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993 to feature a mostly Asian cast. Prior to the release of “Crazy Rich Asians,” Chu acknowledged that he’d be eager to return to direct a sequel if the first film was a success, a possibility which now seems likely. Kevin Kwan’s original novel spawned two sequels—“China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems.”

“Crazy Rich Asians” is rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and adult language.
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suzyReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsOne of the worst movies we have ever seen!
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If I were asian I would be tremendously offended by this shallow, vacuous, trivial, banal and mean-spirited film. But wait! We were offended as just plain human beings! The attempts to hide the obvious overriding extreme wealth-worship behind a charade of success through hard work, smarts and belief in decent human values was absurd. No one cares how anybody got to where they did in life once Nick gave Rachel her mother's priceless ring and she agreed to marry him despite his horrible family (sorry for the spoiler!!). And the scene where Astrid puts on the 1.2 million dollar earrings she she bought and hid from her unfaithful husband after she leaves him as a gesture of female empowerment? Please!
Oh MeToo!!! Terrible... Didn't even deserve 1 star IMHO.
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sierra parmanReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved it in theaters and love it more now!
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I saw this in theaters with another asian friend and we asians loved it! Now im so happy to say i own it! So exciting to see Constance Wu rock the big screen! Besides the much talked about Asian Representation, this is still overall a great romcom. Drama, love, the 2 second break up then get back together cliche (and many other cliches) this movie has it all. I cant wait for the second! Great cast, great story, good job to everyone involved!
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agathaReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsWasted 40 minutes of my life
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Waste of time. Foolishness at its best.

Only bright side was that I didn't see this in a theatre - was able to turn it off. And this is coming from an Asian woman.
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Magda S.Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsSuch a disappointment!
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This movie got very good reviews and it seems like Asian reviewers were applauding it for busting stereotypes. I can't see that at all. This movie trotted out all the golden oldies of stereotypes. Some of the characters were downright embarrassing, like the weird best friend and her nerdy brother. And the plot was vintage rom-com, misunderstandings and obstacles leading up to an engagement. I felt like taking a shower after this one, and regretted having sat through the whole thing.
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Chad-EverettReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsThis movie got hype and now I see why
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People aren't lying this movie is visually stunning, perfectly sassy, and has a make over scene princess diaries style. When it starts to fall flat or get a little one note, it picks up on other characters story lines and intertwines them to help give you a perfectly balanced film creating a world to invite you into. What I love most personally is the beautiful girl power centric ending and how women are the strong figures navigating social politics through out the film. Sending a positive message in the end....Reminding women no matter who, no matter where you are in life, married, single, rich, poor to view this reality exactly for what it is, stay strong and not let mean insecure girls, cheating abusive men, and judgmental parents control or reduce any beautiful aspects of who you are. reminding us all to be humble and practice kindness.
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MFMReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsTrite in the extreme
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The storyline was like something badly lifted from a weaker Grimm's fairytale. The acting was generally stilted and the photography was poorly done and often jagged with erratic lighting. A real piece of poor kitsch.
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