Crazy Rich Asians

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Three rich Chinese families prepare for the wedding of the year in this comedy starring Constance Wu (TV's Fresh Off the Boat), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Henry Golding.

American-born Rachel Chu (Wu) travels to her boyfriend Nick's (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. But before long, the secret is out: Nick is from an impossibly wealthy family, making him one of the most eligible bachelors in Asia. From then on, every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.

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Directed by

  • Jon M. Chu('G.I. Joe: Retaliation', 'Step Up 2: The Streets', 'Now You See Me 2')

Written by

Comedy, Romance

120mins

Rating: PG Coarse language

USA

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Aaron Yap

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If history were to repeat itself, it’s absolutely fathomable that we won’t see another film like Crazy Rich Asians—a Hollywood studio-backed movie featuring an all-Asian cast—for another eternity. But given the recent groundswell in the support for greater screen diversity, I’d like to believe this won’t be the case. A fitting, glammier cousin to Pixar’s wonderful animated short Bao, the film qualifies as a truly momentous achievement for Asian representation.

It’s difficult not to get caught up, misty-eyed, in its tremendously loaded significance. If you’re someone whose culture it represents in a context that’s rarely manifested, Crazy Rich Asians can be a singularly surreal experience. But the film also functions just as well as a buoyantly directed take-no-prisoners piece of rom-com escapism, giving the ol’ Cinderella fantasy a brassy, localised spin.

The streamlining of Kevin Kwan’s bestseller means supporting characters tend to dart in and out of the frame, either servicing thinly developed subplots or comic relief, which thankfully are on the whole, quite funny. But it’s sharpened the journey of its Chinese-American protagonist Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), whose struggle to win the approval of her filthy rich boyfriend Nicholas Young’s (Henry Golding) protective mother (the incomparably regal Michelle Yeoh), forms the heart of what is a rollicking, and often very affecting, wedding party tale.

Controversial representation issues, chiefly its marginalisation of Singapore’s multi-ethnic communities, quickly fade once you recognise those are tricky standards for a film like this to shoulder. Crazy Rich Asians is a cause, a celebration, capturing subtle nuances of Chinese traditions in a broadly appealing package. But it’s also first and foremost, a zingy, glossy entertainment that should resonate far and wide beyond its cultural specificity. Someone out there is definitely listening.

TimeOut (New York)

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Seeing this kind of onscreen representation is incredibly satisfying, especially via Kwan's rich page-turner, loaded with cattiness but also plenty of Asian diversity, from wholesome friends and wise confidantes to jealous mean girls and scheming parents.

Vanity Fair

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Crazy Rich Asians is breathless fun - rather weightless, too.

Variety (USA)

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A movie that expertly manages to balance the opulence of incalculable wealth with the pragmatic, well-grounded sensibility embodied by its heroine, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu).

Hollywood Reporter

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A thoroughly captivating exploration of the rarefied question of whether true love can conquer head-spinning wealth.

Los Angeles Times

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This adaptation of Kevin Kwan's 2013 international bestseller is many things: a tour de force of lifestyle pornography, a slick, enjoyable divertissement, a surprisingly trenchant study of class and cultural difference.

New York Times

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Mostly, the movie is committed to the value of a good time.

Rolling Stone

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In the guise of a bouncy romcom about insanely gorgeous rich kids, the pointedly entertaining Crazy Rich Asians is making history as the first Hollywood film in 25 years to feature an all-Asian cast. It's also "the" comedy to see this summer.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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A film that far too often relies on empty spectacle and cliché for effect.

Worst movie in the history of cinema

OMG could it get any worse? No. Terrible, terrible movie. I wanted to gouge my eyes out.

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The entire plot just comes across as all rich people in Singapore are snobbish and bad human beings

Seems that was all I tock from this movie; A racial undertone rather than any form of entertainment or even a laugh. Yet the cinema was packed out with Asians whom couldnt care less, or perhaps agreed with the pretext :S