Mara Jade
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Let’s face it. We all love Crazy Rich Asians because, for two hours, it lets us live the fantasy life. We’re like Rachel, being swept off our feet by a strapping hunk, who also happens to be filthy rich, and oozing with charm.

Crazy Rich Asians

Sure, there are obstacles to get through, but just like the Disney Princess movies, Rachel (Constance Wu) and Nick (Henry Golding) live happily ever after. Crazy Rich Asians pushes all the right buttons, and we just can’t get enough.

And talk about Asian Pride, the movie features an all Asian cast! If you love the movie, chances are, you might like these too.

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The Joy Luck Club (1993). When the Crazy Rich Asians buzz came around, it was heavily compared to The Joy Luck Club, with good reasons. 25 years ago, the movie was the first of its kind, telling the story of Asian Culture, primarily the relationship between a group of Chinese-American women and their immigrant mothers. While the younger women remember their roots, they are open to embracing western ways.

The film focuses on the struggles of both generations to understand each other and meet halfway. Similarly, Crazy Rich Asians also talks about the clash between traditional Chinese cultures and the fear of an “invasion” of western culture. This movie is Asian representation at its best. 

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Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011). The movie might touch deep subjects like the struggle between eastern and western cultures, but it is ultimately still a romantic comedy. And it can be appreciated no matter which culture you embrace. And there’s nothing more funny and romantic than Crazy, Stupid, Love.

There are many story threads in this movie, starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore and more. There’s the love between husband and wife, the love between parent and child, the love between a good-looking couple, and many interwoven relationships in between.

Crazy Rich Asians, too, explore the relationships between many parties, the ties that bind them and the issues that break them. Love is a funny thing, don't you think?

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All the Money in the World

All the Money in the World (2017). In Crazy Rich Asians, one of the underlying themes is how parents would do anything for their children, including hiring a private investigator to dig up dirt on someone whom they think isn’t worthy of their child’s attention.

Eleanor manages to find out a major “deal breaker” on Rachel, forcing Nick to break up with her. Nothing like that happened in All the Money in the World , but it shows us how a mother would stop at nothing to save her child from the clutches of kidnappers.

Based on the real kidnapping story of John Paul Getty III, the movie shows us how his determined mother, Gail (Michelle Williams) going the distance to get her son back. A mother’s love knows no boundaries.

If you enjoy movies showcasing the intricate web of family relationships...

The Wedding Banquet

The Wedding Banquet (1993). Beyond the story about culture, Crazy Rich Asians also reveals another layer to the story, and that is respect. In this case, it is the respect a child gives a parent, and vice versa. In Crazy Rich Asians, Rachel does something towards the end of the movie that is against what her heart wishes, out of love for Nick and respect for Eleanor, because she is a senior. It shares a similar thread with The Wedding Banquet.

Wai-Tung (Winston Chao )and Simon are a happy gay couple, but Wai-Tung knows his parents are traditional Taiwanese Chinese and would frown upon his relationship. Feeling the need to appease them, he agrees to marry his tenant, a Chinese artist. Both movies have a twist at the end, when the parents themselves come to terms and do something uncharacteristic, for the love of their child. A parent's love is greater than you think.

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Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents (2000). It’s pretty clear in Crazy Rich Asians that Eleanor is extremely protective of her son Nick, and with good reason too. Being one of the richest families in Singapore, she is aware that there might be girls after him just for his money, and her guard is always up. And speaking of protective parents, no one is as protective of their daughter as Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), a retired CIA counterintelligence agent.

This spells trouble for Greg (Ben Stiller), who’s seeing his daughter Pam. Greg is a nurse and Jack feels that he’s simply not good enough for his daughter. This sends Greg on a mission to impress Jack, but he makes the situation worse with every attempt. Parents always know best.


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