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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Crazy Rich Asians"

Families can talk about everything from cultural differences in parenting to the importance of defying stereotypes in movies.

Based on the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians is not only one of the best romantic comedies in a long time, it also marks a groundbreaking step for Asian and Asian American representation in Hollywood. This Common Sense Seal-honored film has interesting cultural and class comparisons, smart female characters, plus clear themes of love, self-control, and diversity. You'll have a ton to talk about after this funny, original romcom. Try these discussion questions:

  • How are the differences in American and Chinese cultures portrayed in Crazy Rich Asians? What makes the parenting styles between the two cultures different? What are the pros and cons of each philosophy?
  • Three characters -- Rachel, Astrid, and Eleanor -- demonstrate self-control. What are the similarities in their decision making? What are the differences?
  • Crazy Rich Asians is the first Hollywood studio feature set entirely in the present with an all-Asian/Asian American cast. Why is that notable? Why does representation matter in movies, on TV, and in books?
  • How do the characters defy stereotypes, both in terms of ethnicity and gender? What makes Rachel a positive female character? Why is it important for kids to see a wide range of behavior from both genders in the media they consume?
  • The film shows that an abundance of wealth can also bring an abundance of other things, including complications. How does that tie in to the old saying of "money can't buy happiness"? What was the movie trying to say about materialism?
Tara McNamara
As a critic, journalist, and digital content creator, Tara loves watching movies -- but more than that, she loves spurring audiences to think about movies. Tara is a frequent contributor to both print and TV outlets, including Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, The Insider, CNN, HLN, MSNBC, SiriusXM, Variety, Fandango, The Huffington Post, and USA Today. She has appeared as the Fandango Film Mom, co-hosted the digital series "Mom’s Movie Minute," and had recurring segments on Today and The Insider. Her film journalism career began in 2002, while she was working as a VJ and news anchor for Country Music Television. Tara and her son, then 9 years old, spent hours devouring classic movies together, igniting a passion for films that inspired them to create KidsPickFlicks, a website where kids of all ages could send in their own movie reviews. Tara believed that encouraging kids to share their opinions on movies would teach them to think critically about the messages they were receiving. She and her son ran the site for a decade, resulting in unparalleled insight into kids' cinematic tastes. Tara continues to make movies a family affair, now working with her other two children to provide GIF-length visual movie reviews via @ZeroWordReview on Instagram. She has projects in the works about why we love '80s movies, why some of their messages are so messed up, and how they affected a generation (check out www.80sMovieGuide.com for more!).