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Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

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This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

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Jon M. Chu

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Peter Chiarelli (screenplay by), Adele Lim (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Constance Wu ... Rachel Chu
Henry Golding ... Nick Young
Michelle Yeoh ... Eleanor Young
Gemma Chan ... Astrid Young Teo
Lisa Lu ... Ah Ma
Awkwafina ... Peik Lin Goh
Harry Shum Jr. ... Charlie Wu
Ken Jeong ... Wye Mun Goh
Sonoya Mizuno ... Araminta Lee
Chris Pang ... Colin Khoo
Jimmy O. Yang ... Bernard Tai
Ronny Chieng ... Eddie Cheng
Remy Hii ... Alistair Cheng
Nico Santos ... Oliver T'sien
Jing Lusi ... Amanda Ling
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Storyline

The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he's perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down. Written by JAP

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Taglines:

The only thing crazier than love is family

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

15 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Rich Asians See more »

Filming Locations:

Langkawi, Malaysia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,510,140, 19 August 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$174,532,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$238,532,921
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X)| SDDS | Sonics-DDP | Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on the novel of the same name. The novel is the first part of a trilogy by Kevin Kwan. The two other novels of the trilogy are "China Rich Girlfriend" and "Rich People Problems." See more »

Goofs

When Astrid brings her husband dinner and then checks his phone, her wedding ring jumps from her middle finger to her ring finger. Middle finger during the interaction with the husband and ring finger while working with the phone. See more »

Quotes

[Served with extravagant dinner portions at the family table, Rachel is eating rather modestly at Peik Lin Goh's parents house]
Neenah Goh: Don't stand on ceremony, Rachel. This is simple food, lah.
Wye Mun Goh: Ha, cha-cha-cha. Dooon't beeee shyyyy!
[hands Rachel a giant platter of food]
Wye Mun Goh: You're not a model.
[laughs playfully]
Rachel Chu: I am definitely not.
Wye Mun Goh: No, you're not! Not at all, you're far from it.
Rachel Chu: [laughs nervously] I know.
Wye Mun Goh: And make sure ya eat it all cuz I'm watching you.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

There's a mid-credit scene in which Astrid exchanges glances with a man. See more »

Alternate Versions

For Home Video release in Australia, Crazy Rich Asians (2018) was returned to its Uncut M rating for Course Language. See more »

Connections

References Hungry Bitches (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Yellow
Written by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland (as Jonathan Buckland), Will Champion (as William Champion) and Chris Martin (as Christopher Martin)
Performed by Katherine Ho
Produced by Math Club (as The Math Club)
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Basic, but well done.
17 September 2018 | by greggs_nbaconSee all my reviews

As I was going to the movies the other night to see BlackkKlansman, a woman stopped me. She was an Asian woman. She looked at me sheepishly and said, "Pardon me, I've never been to the movies before. Would you help me buy my ticket?" I assisted her on the machine. She was so grateful, smiled, and shook my hand as she walked into her showing of Crazy Rich Asians. This is why minority representation in Hollywood is important.

Crazy Rich Asians tells the classic Cinderella story and takes it to modern times. Boy meets girl, girl falls in love with boy, boy turns out to be rich as hell. The film indulges in all of the luxuries from Kevin Kwan's novel, on which the film is adapted. There's the first class flights, the expensive weddings, and other various obvious showings of that great Asian wealth that Yeung family has procured. The real twist here is that the film features the first all Asian cast in a Hollywood film in over 25 years.

Crazy Rich Asians opens brilliantly with the perfect middle finger to all of the racism and backlash it has received. A racist hotel manager refuses to believe that the Yeung family has enough money to stay in the hotel. It shows the family scared, all huddle in the phone booth outside as rain falls upon them. When the family returns, entirely drenched, they are now the owners and proprietors of the hotel, as Eleanor Young (Micheel Yeoh) smiles to the audience. It is the perfect opening to a film that takes on such a difficult yet amazing task of inclusion and diversity.

The film has its moments of absolute brilliance as previously mentioned. Seeing Asian culture and sensibilities portrayed in such an honorable and non-stereotypical way is refreshing. However, the film failed to escape from the classic romantic comedy tropes that we have seen time and times again as viewers. The leading lady is pretty, but not gorgeous. She is insecure about how she presents to her boyfriend, who is ungodly attractive and has been with tons of beautiful, yet interpersonally unappealing women. He finds the one he wants, despite their differences in social class and standing. All along the way, the girl is increasing her external beauty, as a total loss of complete feminism. This tells the female viewer that if you aren't wearing the right clothes, and look the part, you have no success at love. All along the way, the oddball, yet humorous and encouraging friend steals every scene as the far more interesting and in-depth character. This isn't to say that Awkwafina isn't absolutely brilliant at her role, and doesn't have one of the brightest young futures of anyone in show business, but it feels overplayed.

The madcap insanity of this movie, followed by its basic poignancy is something to be appreciated. The film has been a smash hit at the box office, proving that diversity really does sell. Pay attention, Hollywood! Overall, Crazy Rich Asians is an enjoyable movie, but no great feat to write home about.

Grade (7.5/10)


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