7 Reasons 'Crazy Rich Asians' Is The Perfect Summer Romantic Comedy
Exotic, far-flung locations. Ridiculously beautiful stars. Crazy family dynamics that everyone can relate to.
No, we’re not talking about the latest summer action movie. We’re talking about Crazy Rich Asians — the romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel of the same name — which delivers everything you can hope for in a summer movie. It’s a classic girl falls in love, girl meets boy’s family, boy is crazy rich and his family is a bit crazy story. Add a world of glitzy parties, fast cars, and private jets, and you get a surprisingly relatable story like none you’ve ever seen on the big screen before.
Featuring an all-Asian main cast, Crazy Rich Asians centers on Rachel (Constance Wu), a whip-smart economics professor who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend Nick’s family for the first time. Once she gets there, Rachel discovers that Nick (Henry Golding) isn’t just handsome and sweet … he’s rich. Like, really rich. Rich like his family is basically Singaporean royalty, and with that status comes intrigue, jealousy, and power plays. Rachel has to learn the ways of the crazy rich fast, especially if she wants to win over Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), Nick’s fierce mother who sees Rachel as an outsider who can never enter into their circle. And it’s a world where everything’s bigger — the drama, the mansions, and the laughs.
Join us as we count down the ways Crazy Rich Asians delivers everything you could want in a summer movie. And make to grab your friends, family, significant other — or all of the above! — for all of the hilarious, heartwarming thrills in Crazy Rich Asians, in theaters everywhere on August 15.
1. It's Actually Super Easy To Relate To
You don’t have to be rich or from a particular part of the world to relate to this funny, romantic story. Anyone who’s been through family drama, or has been in love, or has an amazing group of ride-or-die friends, can see themselves in these characters … only maybe without quite as much couture!
Rachel, in particular, is the perfect character to take us into the world of the elite, and Constance Wu plays her with all the heart and humor we want in a heroine.
2. There's Eye Candy For Everyone
This whole movie is a feast for the eyes. From the stunning beauty of Henry’s cousin Astrid (Gemma Chan), to glistening abs, to lush island escapes, there’s always something gorgeous to look at in Crazy Rich Asians.
3. It Serves Up A Hilarious Female Friendship For The Ages
You know that friend who never fails to make you laugh? Who's your wingman at a party, helps you get ready before, and gossips with you after? Rapper, comedian, and champion scene-stealer Awkwafina plays Peik-Lin Goh, Rachel's college friend who helps her navigate the complicated world of Nick's ultra-wealthy family. Awkwafina's performance will have you laughing non-stop, and the catchphrase she coins — "bok bok, bitch!" — is something you and your friends will be saying to each other forever. (It'll make sense when you see the movie).
4. You Can Indulge In Some Serious Wish Fulfillment
Do you ever look at glossy interior design or travel magazines, just to imagine indulging the way the rich and famous do? Well, this movie is like that, only cranked to 100. From a luxe bachelorette celebration, to an A-list wedding, to exceptionally rare, exotic flowers, you can vicariously live the immersive Crazy Rich life for the price of a movie ticket.
5. There's A Riveting Family Drama That Might Surprise You
A tale as old as time: A mom doesn't approve of the woman her son brings home. But Eleanor isn't the typical matriarch, and Rachel isn't the type to back away from a challenge. When these two strong women square off, it's as explosive as watching two superheroes battle it out, and there's way more to this drama than meets the eye. Pass the popcorn, please!
6. The Ensemble Cast Is Loaded With All Stars
Here's a bit of a shocking fact: The cast of Crazy Rich Asians is the first all-Asian cast in a major, contemporary Hollywood movie in 25 years. Within the cast are diverse personalities and talents, from Ken Jeong's comedic chops to Sonoya Mizuno's instant lovability as Rachel's new buddy Araminta.
7. You'll Go On A Rollercoaster Ride Of Emotions
From suspense, outrage, hilarity, and warm fuzzies, Crazy Rich Asians has as many "OMG" and "awww" moments as LOL moments. Whether you want a date night or a perfect girls night out, this is the rare movie that hits the spot for any crowd.
This article is sponsored by Crazy Rich Asians, in theaters everywhere August 15.