“Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros)
By Catholic News Service
This adaptation of the popular novel by Kevin Kwan is a surprisingly pedestrian affair, directed by Jon M. Chu.
A university professor (Constance Wu) in New York City is invited by her long-time boyfriend (Henry Golding) on a trip to Singapore to meet his family. There she discovers he is the scion of one of the wealthiest families in Asia and a sought-after bachelor. She becomes the target of scores of jealous ladies, as well as her boyfriend’s disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh), who is determined to break up the relationship.
Overall, the film is a dreary Cinderella retread, enlivened only by its good-looking cast, exotic locales, and an eye-popping smorgasbord of uber-expensive stuff.
An implied pre-marital relationship, some sexual humor, mature themes, and a handful of profane and crude oaths. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.