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Love yourself, stay true to yourself, stay in control. Address problems with dignity and class, not by losing control of your anger. Solve problems by tapping into your personal skill set. By comparing parenting philosophies of main characters families, opens viewers to the perspective that the American way isnt the only way. Films very release offers a positive message of progress through diversity and representation in storytelling.

Rachel is a positive representation for Asian Americans and women: strong, intelligent, confident and exercises self-control, integrity, and good judgment. Shes an economics professor who specializes in game theory — an area often stereotypically portrayed as a mans field. In a situation where she can feel out of her league, Rachel doesnt change or try to be something shes not. Even in her own turmoil, she makes time to be a good friend to others. She exemplifies the motto, when they go low, we go high. Other characters arent as perfect: some pretty terrible mean girl behavior (snide comments about womens physical appearance/attributes) and some stereotyping of a gay character.

Security guards carry bayonets. Adults reminisce about a lame fistfight from their childhood. A man is playfully smacked in the groin. Mean behavior.

Romance and kissing (both sweet/sincere and passionately over the top). An actress whos rumored to work in porn is seen making out with her boyfriend, who puts his hand on her breast and her thigh. A couple emerges from the bushes, the man with his pants around his ankles. A couple kisses after waking up in the same bed; the woman doesnt appear to be dressed under the covers. An out-of-wedlock pregnancy is mentioned. Infidelity within a marriage is discussed, including by married men with their arms around women who arent their wives. A man puts down a womans breast size. Ample close-ups of shirtless men.

Language isnt constant but includes a use of f–k, plus s–t, a–hole, balls, bulls–t, bitch, douche nozzle, goddammit, hells yeah, hookers, slutty, sucks, damn, crap, and t-ts. Oh my God! and Jesus are used as exclamations. Bitch is scrawled on a wall by bullies. A derogatory ethnic slur is mentioned between people of the target ethnicity to give insight to prejudice.

Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Chanel No. 5, Jimmy Choo, Raffles Hotel, Audi, and Phillips are seen/mentioned.Excessive spending on lavish parties, jewelry, homes, shopping sprees, clothes, and cars is depicted as a symbol of status. Wealthy characters attend elite colleges. Money is thrown into the air. The obnoxious abuse of wealthisin the title; while its all played for ridiculousness, the message remains: People of significance spend, spend, spend — and boy, is it fun!

Characters drink champagne, beer, and cocktails throughout the film. No one appears to overdo it, but when one character stands up for his girlfriend, hes called out to be drunk — and he flies a helicopter immediately afterward. One characters hearty sniff and nose rubbing are meant to indicate that hes snorted cocaine. Verbal references to past use of cigarettes and cigars; a cigar is smoked at a party.

Parents need to know thatCrazy Rich Asiansis a book-based romcom that centers on Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a smart, independent Chinese American economics professor whos in love with Nick Young (Henry Golding), who turns out to be from an insanely wealthy Singapore family. The world of materialism, obscene wealth, status, and expectation that Rachel encounters there is totally over the top: Money is literally thrown in the air. Expect to hear some strong language (including s–t, t-ts, and more) and see drinking during many party scenes; cocaine use is also briefly implied. Couples kiss, and sex is suggested but not shown; one actress is rumored to be a porn star, and men make snide comments about womens cosmetic surgery and physical appearance (including small breasts). That said, women arent objectified overall; instead, the camera tends to linger on shirtless men. The very rare mainstream Hollywood release to feature an all-Asian cast, the film avoids Asian stereotypes — but it does have a fairly stereotypical gay character. And the cattiness is off the charts, with some fairly shocking mean girl behavior. But its refreshing to see a romcom heroine who doesnt need saving by a man (Rachel loves her life, and she and Nick have a healthy, respectful relationship), and the film has strong messages about loving yourself, staying in control, and addressing problems with dignity and class.

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Based on Kevin Kwans best-selling novel, CRAZY RICH ASIANSis the story of Chinese American economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who travels to Singapore to attend a wedding with her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding). Rachel will be meeting Nicks family for the first time, and it turns out shes woefully unprepared. She has no idea that not only are the Youngs wealthy, but theyre a prestigious old money family, and Nick is essentially the prince of Singapore. Rachel has to quickly adapt to Chinese culture, jealous ex-girlfriends, and Nicks controlling mother (Michelle Yeoh), who believes her son must marry a woman with stature. If Rachel cant handle things, she risks losing the love of her life.

This movie will make you fall in love with romantic comedies again. Its not so much thatCrazy Rich Asiansstoryline is original as it is well done; it rarely goes for the clich. Romcoms have a tendency to portray their heroines as somewhat bumbling, not quite having their act together. But thats not Rachel Chu: Shes capable, clever, and in control. She may be temporarily thrown off by the unfriendlies in Nicks life, but she never loses her footing. Shes a well-drawn, down-to-earth character who isnt so much relatable as aspirational, and Wu plays her to a tee. The other women in the cast are great, too. Yeoh adds depth to the icy mother who sees Rachel as a threat to her family. And as Nicks glamorous cousin Astrid,Gemma Changives a meaty performance as her character deals with the complexities of a marriage in which the wife is rich and the husband is not in a traditional male-driven society. But its Awkwafina who runs away with the show, inspiring peals of laughter as Rachels college buddy, Goh Peik Lin, who speaks with a Miley Cyrus-type cadence, attitude, and delivery. Every scene with her in it is 10 times funnier, and whenKen Jeongis added to the mix as her father, the duo make a comic combination that leaps off the screen.

Its impossible not to notice the movies lingering shots of mens bare chests, but this reverse objectification is subversively intentional: Asian men are rarely portrayed as sexy or appealing in the media, and the drooling cinematography is intended to challenge the idea that Asian men are undesirable. And amid all the humor and attempts to overthrow the anti-Asian bias in Hollywood movies, directorJon M. Chualso delivers a lovely love story. One scene in particular: During a preposterously over-the-top wedding, the audience is brought to tears by a touching affirmation that, no matter the pain and pleasure that money brings, its still love that makes the world go round.Crazy Rich Asianswill end up on the Best Romantic Comedies in History list because its actuallynotabout getting the guy; Rachel proves that the greatest love of all is loving yourself (and your mama!).

Families can talk about the way American and Chinese cultures are portrayed inCrazy Rich Asians. American culture is presented as prioritizing the pursuit of career, ambition, and happiness, while Chinese culture is shown emphasizing family first, even if that means individual sacrifice. What are the pros and cons of each philosophy?

Three characters — Rachel, Astrid, and Eleanor — demonstrateself-control. What are the similarities in their decision-making? What are the differences?

Crazy Rich Asiansis the first Hollywood studio feature set entirely in the present with an all-Asian/Asian American cast. Why is that notable? Why does representation matter in movies, TV, and books?

How do the characters defy stereotypes, both in terms of ethnicity and gender? What makes Rachel a positive female character?Why is it important for kids to see a wide range of behavior from both genders in the media they consume?

The film shows that an abundance of wealth can also bring an abundance of other things, including complications. How does that tie into the old saying money cant buy happiness?

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