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1h 56min
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Synopsis:
Based on Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel, "Crazy Rich Asians" follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore and meets Nick's family for the first time. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Nina Jacobson, John Penotti, Brad Simpson
Writers:
Pete Chiarelli, Adele Lim, Kevin Kwan
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/01/2019
Run Time:
116 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Greek, Icelandic
Bonus:
  • 'Crazy Rich Fun': Join Director Jon M. Chu, novelist Kevin Kwan and the dream team cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians' as they supercharge the book and have crazy rich fun in the exotic locations of Singapore and Malaysia
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/01/2019
Run Time:
120 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Polish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Complex Mandarin, English Hard of Hearing, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Simplified Mandarin, Thai, Turkish
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Director Jon M. Chu and Novelist Kevin Kwan
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/01/2019
Run Time:
120 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, French
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Director Jon M. Chu and Novelist Kevin Kwan
  • Crazy Rich Fun
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

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Reviews (11) of Crazy Rich Asians

Fortune Cookie - Crazy Rich Asians review by JD

Loved this movie, and to be honest I was not expecting too.

It’s different, very funny in places, but also sentimental. Screenplay and quality of acting are both first rate.

Some of the set pieces and locations are spectacular, and the story is way above your traditional romcon .

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Massive disappointment - Crazy Rich Asians review by CS

Given all the fuss that has been made about this film we were hugely disappointed. While all of its lead characters may be Asian - something embarrassingly rare in Hollywood movies - it needed to be more than a contribution towards representational politics to constitute a good film. There were slight variations and nuances on the traditional rom com - and if it is a put your brain on hold rom com you want then maybe give it a go - but this didn't do enough to make it an engaging watch.

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Pleasant entertainment - Crazy Rich Asians review by RL

Elizabeth Bennet goes to Pemberly; only with Asians in Singapore.

Unfortunately it is not Clueless II (This time it's multicultural)

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Critic review

Crazy Rich Asians review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

To label Crazy Rich Asians as a mere breezy romantic comedy with an Asian appeal would be a gross understatement. Here is a film that goes out of its way to be more than a familiar and standard path of guy meets girl with a judgemental family looming. Rarely do romantic comedy come looking so gorgeous, feeling so genuine, and unbelievably funny that the film is almost a throwback to the more decadent love stories of old Hollywood, where meaty stories came with a decadent dressing and infectious charm. It’s not just any date movie; it’s the ultimate date movie, delicious enough to entice even the most jaded towards the genre.

It all starts with the couple of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Nick Young (Henry Golding) being such a genuine pair, she an American-Chinese and he an English-Chinese. They have an undeniable chemistry where it’s clear they’re destined to be together. Standing in their way, however, is Nick’s incredibly wealthy family. They essentially own Singapore and when their family has a wedding, it’s nothing short of the Royal Wedding in terms of theatrics. Rachel doesn’t know about this side of the Young family until she boards the plane bound for Singapore, noticing that Nick has access to first class. The Young family, however, is already well aware of Rachel before she even sets foot on the property, thanks to the snooping family members that gossip about whether or not Rachel is good for the young heir Nick.

Rachel is in for many surprises when she arrives in Singapore. The city itself is a dreamy wonderland of towering skyscrapers, vibrant lights, spacious venues, and the more irresistible of food. Even the airport astounds her for having an aquarium and a movie theater, a far cry from what she’s experienced at JFK. Nick’s family’s home is undeniably the grandest of locations in the country, existing as a golden kingdom with a wondrous garden of rare beauty. And yet the family still finds a way to one-up themselves with one of the most unforgettable wedding ceremonies, complete with grassy seats and an aisle of water for the bride to walk down.

The family is all smiles for Rachel, hiding their true feelings which only come out in whispers and closed doors. While the other girls seem accepting of her, she’s in for a rude bedroom present akin to The Godfather that make their distaste clear. More open with her disapproval is Nick’s strict and refined mother Eleanor Sung-Young (Michelle Yeoh), favoring tradition and family over personal passions. Not keen on the family line being spoiled by American traits, she does her best to gently push away Rachel. And once she does some more snooping into Rachel’s past, she begins to shove.

Helping Rachel find someone to confide in during this trip is her old college pal, the also wealthy Goh Peik Lin, played by a blonde-haired Awkwafina. She is far more than just a supporting role, eating every single scene she occupies with a spoon to be the breakout comedic hit of the movie. Consider that her father is played by the always Ken Jeong and she still manages to topple him for jokes and energy, despite Jeong’s funny line to his kids not eating their chicken nuggets; “There are starving people in America who don’t have any food.” Armed with over-the-top fashion, a rich Southern accent, and an electricity to her behavior that makes her the ultimate friend you’d want to go anywhere with.

Even when armed with more than enough beauty and hilarity to be a great time, Crazy Rich Asian becomes so much more with its unconventional storytelling with the generational and cultural divide. Rather than being a predictable path of Rachel and Nick deciding if they really want to be together, it’s more on Rachel to make the ultimate choice, deciding if its worth it to go against the wishes of Nick’s family to marry him. Nick’s onboard 100% and so it’s up to Rachel to make the tougher choices. And where other romantic comedies descend into harsh pranks and slapstick to get back at the judgy family, Rachel takes the high road of grace and kindness to be savage in her quest for love. All of this combines to make Crazy Rich Asians one of the best movies I’ve seen this summer and a romantic comedy destined to go down as a classic.

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