(2018) (Constance Wu, Henry Golding) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Romantic Comedy: A young Asian-American woman travels to Singapore for a wedding where she meets and must contend with her boyfriend's ultra-wealthy family.
- Rachel Chu (CONSTANCE WU) is an Asian-American economics professor who teaches at NYU and has been dating Nick Young (HENRY GOLDING) for about a year. Not until they're in the air and headed to Singapore -- to attend the wedding of Nick's best friend Colin Khoo (CHRIS PANG) to Araminta (SONOYA MIZUNO) -- and then staying with her college roommate, Peik Lin Goh (AWKWAFINA) and her parents, Wye Mun (KEN JEONG) and Neena (KOH CHIENG MUN) -- does Rachel learn that Nick comes from an ultra-wealthy family that made their fortune from real estate and more.
Having grown up with single, working-class mom Kerry (TAN KHENG HUA), this is a pleasant surprise for Rachel, although Nick warns her about the interesting array of characters in his family that she's about to meet.
There's family matriarch Ah Ma (LISA LU) who's welcoming to Rachel and Nick's mom, Eleanor (MICHELLE YEOH), who's not, despite having likewise once been an outsider to the family before marrying into it. Nick's cousin, Astrid Young Teo (GEMMA CHAN), is thoroughly pleasant, even after learning some disturbing news about her husband, Michael (PIERRE PNG), while another cousin, film producer Alistair Cheng (REMY HII), is dating actress Kitty Pong (FIONA XIE) who could prove to be an embarrassment to the well-known family.
Investment banker cousin Eddie (RONNY CHIENG) is a jerk to most everyone, unlike fashion designer Oliver T'Sien (NICO SANTOS) who everyone likes, especially Eleanor who utilizes him as her fixer. And then there's wild party boy Bernard Tai (JIMMY O. YANG) who isn't a family member by blood, but has been around them for years and is the one throwing the extravagant bachelor party for Colin and the rest of the guys.
As Rachel meets all of them and more, she must contend with varying reactions to her not being rich and being Asian-American rather than full Asian, all of which begins to put a strain on her relationship with Nick.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those into romantic comedies featuring the lifestyles of the rich will likely be enticed.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some suggestive content and language.
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