Rachel Chu is a young Chinese-American woman who is doing her best to win the approval of her boyfriend Nick’s mother. But so far, she’s failing.
The mother, named Eleanor, comes from one of the most famous, successful and wealthy families of Asia – the Youngs. They’re the “Rockefellers” of the East, and they only accept those who are like them: Asian-born and well-to-do.
Rachel is neither of those things. American-born, she comes from a middle class, self-made single mom who worked overtime to make sure Rachel could have a better life. Rachel is now a professor at New York University, but even that doesn’t impress Eleanor. Pursuing your passions is selfish, says Eleanor, who believes family always should come first.
Can Rachel find a way to gain Eleanor’s consent before Nick is forced to choose between his family and the woman of his dreams? The PG-13 romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians opened at No. 1 at the box office and has surprised the experts with continued success. It was billed as the first Hollywood film in 25 years to include a predominantly Asian and Asian-American cast in a modern setting, and has received stellar reviews, too.
It’s one of my favorite films of 2018, not simply due to its entertaining storyline or original (mostly clean) comedy. It’s also because the film features several Christian messages (even if a Bible verse isn’t dropped into each scene; but the Youngs are Christians and we even see a Bible study).
The film features some sensuality and a moderate amount of language that warrants its PG-13 rating. Still, for moviegoers who watch it there are several messages worth exploring.
Warning: Minor spoilers ahead!