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Crazy Rich Asians
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Crazy Rich Asians

Directed by John Chu, Crazy Rich Asians was released in the US on 15 August 2018.  The film is based on a novel written by Kevin Kwan.  Crazy Rich Asians has an excellent cast that includes Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Nico Santos, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh.

The story begins with Rachel (Constance Wu) and Nick (Henry Golding) a young couple living in New York.  Their relationship becomes serious and when Nick is invited to Singapore to attend a wedding he takes Rachel with him.

Rachel has not met any of Nick’s family and what she does not know is that his family is extremely wealthy and that Nick will inherit a fortune.  The family also holds some sort of celebrity status in Singapore.  When Rachel meets the family she soon realises that she is not their first choice for a wife for the most eligible bachelor in Singapore.

Meeting the Family

Rachel understandably nervous now makes a few mistakes and soon finds out that Nick’s mother Eleanor does not like her.  Rachel is invited to attend the bride to be’s bachelorette party where she is embarrassed by a so-called friend who had previously dated Nick.  Rachel is treated very badly, which of course only makes her more endearing to the audience.

Astrid, Nick’s cousin who is also at the party befriends Rachel and confides in her that her husband has been unfaithful.  Meanwhile Nick confides in his friend Colin that he wants to propose to Rachel.  Colin is happy, but is worried, as he knows that Nick’s family are not happy with Rachel.

Things Do Not Go Well

Nick gets to hear about Rachel’s bad experience and he tries to make up for it by taking her to his family.  Unfortunately things do not go well and Eleanor tells Rachel that she does not believe she is good for her son.  Rachel is understandably hurt and decides to leave Singapore.  Her friend, Peik Lin convinces her to stay and does an amazing makeover on her.  Rachel attends the wedding, but once again things do not go well, making you think she should have stayed home and played online blackjack instead!

Nick’s mother and grandmother tell Nick that Rachel was born out of an adulterous affair and they tell Nick that he if forbidden to see Rachel.  They do not want him embroiled in a scandalous affair.  Rachel is hurt and runs out of the wedding.  Nick tries to stop Rachel even after his family threatens to disown him.

Rachel decides to go and stay with Peik Lin.  Rachel’s mother, Kerry, arrives and tells Rachel why she left her husband and explained that he was abusive.  Rachel finds out that it was Nick who asked Kerry to visit Rachel and she decides to meet with Nick who then proposes.

Rachel and Eleanor meet where she tells her that she has decided not to accept Nick’s proposal as she is afraid it will mean his being disowned by his family and his relationship with his family will be damaged.

Rachel decides to leave and you will have to watch the film to see if there will be a happy ending.