Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Jon M. Chu, from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the 2013 novel of the same title by Kevin Kwan.
The film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina,
Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh. It follows a Chinese-American professor who travels
to meet her boyfriend’s family and is surprised to discover they are among the richest in Singapore.
The film was announced in August 2013 after the rights to the book were purchased.
Many of the cast members signed on in the spring of 2017, and filming took place from April to June of that year in parts of Singapore, Malaysia and New York City.
It is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority cast of Asian descent in a modern setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.
Despite praise for that, the film did receive some criticism for casting biracial actors over fully ethnically Chinese ones in certain roles.
Additional criticism was directed at the film for failing to include non-Chinese
Singaporean ethnic groups—notably Malay and Indian actors—as characters.
Nick Young and his girlfriend Rachel Chu, an economics professor at New York
University and New York native, travel to Singapore for the wedding of his best friend
Colin, who is marrying Araminta Lee.
In Singapore, Rachel visits her college friend Peik Lin and her family, who are shocked when she tells them she is dating Nick Young.
Peik Lin reveals that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and famous, and are members of high society.
At a dinner party at the Young estateNick introduces Rachel to his mother Eleanor,
while his cousin Astrid discovers that her husband Michael, who comes from a more
humble background than the Youngs, has been having an affair.
Rachel senses that Eleanor dislikes her.
At Araminta’s bachelorette party, Rachel meets Amanda, who reveals she is Nick’s former girlfriend and hints Rachel may not be able to integrate into such a high-class family with her lower background.
Rachel finds her hotel room vandalized by the other girls, who deem her a gold-digger, but is comforted by Astrid.
Nick attends Colin’s bachelor party, where he reveals to Colin his plan to propose to Rachel.
Colin expresses his concern about the trouble it will cause them, especially
with Nick being expected to stay in Singapore and run his family’s corporation
and Rachel loving her job in New York, as well as the difference in their statuses.
Nick apologizes to Rachel for not telling her who he really was and takes her to make jiaozi dumplings with his family.
Here, Eleanor recounts the sacrifices she made to become a part of the Young family and makes jabs at Rachel for her American background.
Eleanor later privately recounts to Rachel how Nick’s father
had to cast his own green ring to propose to her as Nick’s grandmother
refused to give him the family ring, owing to Eleanor not being the first
or even second choice.
She tells Rachel that she will never be enough for Nick or his family.
Peik Lin convinces Rachel to stand up to Eleanor and earn her respect. On the day of the wedding, Astrid confronts Michael about his affair; Michael blames his unhappiness and the financial disparity between them on her.
During the wedding reception, Eleanor and Nick’s grandmother privately confront Rachel and Nick.
Using the findings of a private investigation, Eleanor reveals that Rachel’s father is alive, and Rachel was conceived through an extramarital affair, after which her mother, Kerry, left her husband and fled to the United States.
They demand that Nick stop seeing Rachel for fear of a scandal, as they cannot be linked to such a family.
Rachel is stunned, as Kerry told her that her father was dead. She flees and stays at Peik Lin’s home, depressed and unwilling to speak to Nick.
Kerry arrives in Singapore, explaining that her husband was abusive and that the comfort an old classmate provided turned into love and a surprise pregnancy.
She fled with baby Rachel in fear that her husband would kill them.
Kerry reveals that Nick was the one who had called her to Singapore and urges Rachel to talk to him.
When they meet, Nick apologizes and proposes to Rachel, saying that he is willing to leave his family behind to be with her.