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Parents' Guide to

Crazy Rich Asians

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Messages, role models stand out in culture-clash romcom.

Movie PG-13 2018 121 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 38 parent reviews

age 16+
I really enjoyed this review; it really spoke to me about the importance of someone's heritage. Being of Asian heritage myself, I love this movie. I enjoy seeing an all Asian movie that is comical and makes the whole story about Asia. Though despite all the good things about this movie, it still does not show the rich culture of Asia or help get rid of some of the stereotypes that are associated with Asian Culture. I have two younger brothers that are both in high school, despite them seeing movies with blood and war, I would not allow either of them to watch this movie. This movie despite it not being filled with too much sexual context still has quite a bit. It highlights that sleeping together before marriage is acceptable and normal, it sexualizes bachelor parties and idolizes money. with that, there are some extremely high points for this movie. It stresses the importance of family and how a family is always there for you. Its high lights the importance of being independent and not realizing on a man or woman to make you happy and my personal favorite it pays homage to the importance of elders. I enjoyed reading the review and really loved some of the points you made.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 14+

It is a good movie/adaption

Its was good

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (38 ):
Kids say (65 ):

This movie will make you fall in love with romantic comedies again. It's not so much that Crazy Rich Asians' storyline is original as it is well done; it rarely goes for the cliché. Romcoms have a tendency to portray their heroines as somewhat bumbling, not quite having their act together. But that's not Rachel Chu: She's capable, clever, and in control. She may be temporarily thrown off by the unfriendlies in Nick's life, but she never loses her footing. She's a well-drawn, down-to-earth character who isn't so much relatable as aspirational, and Wu plays her to a tee. The other women in the cast are great, too. Yeoh adds depth to the icy mother who sees Rachel as a threat to her family. And as Nick's glamorous cousin Astrid, Gemma Chan gives a meaty performance as her character deals with the complexities of a marriage in which the wife is rich and the husband is not in a traditional male-driven society. But it's Awkwafina who runs away with the show, inspiring peals of laughter as Rachel's college buddy, Goh Peik Lin, who speaks with a Miley Cyrus-type cadence, attitude, and delivery. Every scene with her in it is 10 times funnier, and when Ken Jeong is added to the mix as her father, the duo make a comic combination that leaps off the screen.

It's impossible not to notice the movie's lingering shots of men's bare chests, but this reverse objectification is subversively intentional: Asian men are rarely portrayed as sexy or appealing in the media, and the drooling cinematography is intended to challenge the idea that Asian men are undesirable. And amid all the humor and attempts to overthrow the anti-Asian bias in Hollywood movies, director Jon M. Chu also delivers a lovely love story. One scene in particular: During a preposterously over-the-top wedding, the audience is brought to tears by a touching affirmation that, no matter the pain and pleasure that money brings, it's still love that makes the world go round. Crazy Rich Asians will end up on the Best Romantic Comedies in History list because it's actually not about getting the guy; Rachel proves that the greatest love of all is loving yourself (and your mama!).

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