Crazy Rich Asians
Directed by Jon Chu
If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it's that Valentine's Day really matters to women, even if you are not in a relationship. In fact, if you are not in a relationship, like me, you are supposed to spend the day on the floor, eating chocolate, and bemoaning your single status as a wacky best friend, preferably gay or horned up, doles out sass. In honor of this sacred day, the entire month of February will be dedicated to romance on this blog. Oh, and feel free to sass me as much as you like.
Rachel Chu agrees to accompany her boyfriend, Nick, to his friend's wedding in Singapore. She is surprised to realize that Nick's family is, in fact, crazy rich. Wait, Nick is ridiculously good looking AND rich? Oh, Rachel, how are you going to get yourself out of this jam?
I really wanted to like this movie, because it was trying so hard to be fun. It hit all the beats from the tired and true romcom formula: wacky friend (who I did actually like), earnest airport entreaties, and a painfully upbeat soundtrack. I might have gagged during the fashion show sequence.
The leads were as flat as they come. I guess they were going for Cinderella/Prince Charming type story, in which the only requirement is that they look good in formalwear. But I had trouble suspending my disbelief that Nick would turn out so humble and normal having grown up the way he did. I would like to know how he avoided becoming Draco Malfoy but the movie doesn't have the emotional intelligence to tell that story. I know this movie is lauded for its representation, which is cool, but says nothing about the quality.
The opening scene was promising, but it was downhill from there. If you are looking for a good romantic comedy, look elsewhere (and may the Lord protect you in your quest).
Most of Awkwafina's lines were ad libbed.
A sequel is in the works titled China Rich Girlfriend.
Highest grossing romantic comedy in a decade.