Crazy Rich Asians

Culture Clash: An all-Asian cast delivers a knockout performance in ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’

To label “Crazy Rich Asians” merely a chick flick oversimplifies the film’s affluent international appeal and robust, always expanding subplots. An all-Asian cast flawlessly captures a heartwarming love story amidst gossiping family circles and a plush Singaporean skyline. This film is a romantic comedy that successfully leaps across multiple time zones to deliver an entertaining look inside one Chinese family’s skeptical and uneasiness with a young American woman at their doorstep.

Based on the 2013 book by Kevin Kwan, “Crazy Rich Asians” scrutinizes the girlfriend of the son from one of Singapore’s wealthiest families. American Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) endures a hope-filled trip to the Asian city of her boyfriend, Nick, impeccably portrayed by Henry Golding.

From the moment Rachel arrives to meet Nick’s extended family, the movie unabashedly creates culture clashes between Chinese and American ideals while instigating a class warfare dilemma for Rachel to tiptoe around and through.

“Crazy Rich Asians” is the perfect Chinese-American love story! Within all the family drama surrounding Nick’s selection of a potential lifelong partner resides a gentleman with a good heart caught in an unyielding situation. Pulled between his family and his love interest, Nick must decide how hard to push back on his mother’s dissatisfaction with Rachel and her past.

One of the best romantic films since 1990’s “Pretty Woman,” several parallels between these two movies can be drawn: Wealth, intrigue and a rags-to-riches love pursuit are easy comparisons between the Richard Gere and Julia Roberts coupling and this latest endeavor by director Jon M. Chu (“Step Up 2: The Streets” and “Step Up 3D”). 

Like Gere’s business mogul character from 28 years ago, the crazy rich Nick must weigh altering personal relationships and risking money with the notion of settling down with The One. 

Mostly funny and wildly entertaining to watch, “Crazy Rich Asians” also has flashes of serious tones throughout. Likewise, the film never solely focuses on Nick and Rachel above all else, rather expanding out into couple’s relationships with brothers, cousins, mothers, former roommates and a dazzling host city with eye-popping side trips.

Through rapid-fire social media texts and a glamorous introduction to Singapore and Nick’s family, we watch Rachel take every step along her journey from ordinary life to extraordinary lifestyle.

A fantastic and timeless Date Night ride for couples of all ages to enjoy!

Patrick King is a resident of Tucson and writer for the Reel Brief movie blog at reelbrief.com.  Email him at reelbriefmoviereviews@mail.com.

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