Director: Jon M. Chu
Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding
Crazy Rich Asians centers around Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a Chinese-American woman from a working-class family who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend (Henry Golding) and discovers he’s from one of the wealthiest families and is one of the most eligible bachelors in Asia. When his entire society—and especially his disapproving mother—says she’s not good enough, Rachel has to decide what it’s all worth to her.
In terms of box office performance, Crazy Rich Asians more than lived up to the hype. It’s the highest-grossing romcom of the last decade, a feat no one [read: Hollywood execs] would expect from a film with a predominantly Asian cast. In terms of acting, the noms the cast is getting on the awards circuit are all well deserved. But in terms of story, it’s solid—certainly no worse than its predecessors in the genre. —Dria Roland