Crazy Rich Asians (2018)


Critic Consensus: With a terrific cast and a surfeit of visual razzle dazzle, Crazy Rich Asians takes a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic -- and still effective -- rom-com formula.


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"Crazy Rich Asians" follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick's arm puts a target on Rachel's back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick's own disapproving mother (Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can't buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

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Constance Wu
as Rachel Chu
Henry Golding
as Nick Young
Gemma Chan
as Astrid Leong
Harry Shum Jr.
as Charlie Wu
as Goh Peik Lin
Sonoya Mizuno
as Araminta Lee

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Feels blithely liberated from the obligation to offer up suffering that has long been part of the implicit bargain made with so many mainstream movies focused on characters of color-that they are treated as marketable in relation to the pain they portray

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is hugely enjoyable, and hooray for Hollywood for making it happen.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

This movie is totally delightful...It's a wonderful mix of old-fashioned screwball comedy, romantic comedy, it's almost a musical at some points.

Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

As the obscenities of wealth accumulate while a large cast of Asian and Eurasian actors render their many silly characters, the source of the laughter becomes troubling.

Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It simply tells an endearing story in an exceptional way. And in so doing, it shows how great stories cross barriers and wind up enriching the world around us.

Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

For a while, "Crazy Rich Asians" has the airborne, happy preposterousness of a good screwball comedy. Those first 60 minutes or so are a treat: lighthearted, sure-handed, zippy.

Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crazy Rich Asians


For all the hype and all the talk of it being a landmark film, Crazy Rich Asians is, at its core, a pretty good romantic comedy. Nothing more, nothing less. Not to take anything away from it, the cultural significance of such a successful film with an entirely Asian cast is damned noteworthy. But Iâ(TM)m not here to talk about that, Iâ(TM)m here to talk about the film as a film, and as a film itâ(TM)sâ¦itâ(TM)s good! Not great, but good. Thereâ(TM)s nothing really in the movie that I found laugh-out-loud funny (with the exception of Awkwafina), but there were a lot of chuckles, and it was consistently charming. The two different world story is familiar, but the cultural angle gives it a new spin. My one nitpick is I wasnâ(TM)t as crazy about all the glamorization of the rich lifestyle. Thereâ(TM)s a couple lines about it being his families money, and he would throw it all away for her, but for the most part a lot of it feels like an excuse for beautiful imagery. And sure, the imagery is beautiful, but it felt a little like an empty gimmick to me. Still, the film is a nice feel good movie that I did enjoy. It goes by at a breezy pace, and is just a nice experience. For how many garbage romantic comedies are out there, itâ(TM)s nice to see one that while it may not be great, is at least good..

Michael Malan
Michael Malan

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This is a good movie that really shoots right down the middle for mass appeal. It does touch on some intricate details about growing up and living with an Asian family but really plays out as fancy blockbuster rom-com. Since this film does naturally come from a different angle than most rom-coms, however, with different issues and obstacles, it at least stands out. The B-story involving Astrid seems rushed and incomplete but leaves open the option for a sequel that will explore her more, which I would like to see.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Better than expected. I was glad they left a few things out from the book honestly, though I would have liked a little more Kitty Pong!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Crazy Rich Asians is a frothy mix of familiar 90s romantic comedy cliches and tropes but now with an all-Asian cast and Asian culture given a dignified spotlight. Thanks to the strides in representation, it makes the familiar feel fresh again. This is a very Pretty Woman princess fantasy story of an ordinary woman, Rachel Chu (the great Constance Wu) falling in love with a rich man who then whisks her away to his rich family home out of country and introduces her to the world of the cloistered elites, ex-girlfriends, and hangers-on and their disapproval. Much of the conflict hinges on her feeling accepted by her man's scowling, scary mother played by the formidable Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The two-hour running time mostly consists of a lot of blandly nice people. I think enough of these supporting characters could have been consolidated or eliminated to give more space to characters that matter. The film reminded me, in some regards, of the 50 Shades series where we jump from scene to scene to celebrate the extravagance of an elite lifestyle of luxury. It's intended to alienate Rachel and contrast with her humble, hard-working, honest sensibilities, but after two or three of these, I don't think it's quite having that effect. Wu (TV's Fresh Off the Boat) is a charming, loveable lead, and the film has fun, colorful characters played by Awkwafina (Ocean's 8) and Ken Jeong (The Hangover trilogy), who amazingly doesn't overstay his welcome. The production design and costumes are sensational and might even get some Oscar attention. Crazy Rich Asians is a fairly formulaic but pleasant enough movie, and the fact that an all-Asian cast rom-com is slotted as a summer movie is a positive sign. The end results are a fizzy fantasy repackaged but still entertaining and without a sense of pandering. Nate's Grade: B-

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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