One of the summer's most anticipated romcoms finally hits theater today. "Crazy Rich Asians" is an adaptation of the beloved best-selling novel of the same name.
The film is one of those enjoyable summer romcoms that works in spite of itself - thanks to a tried and true story, and a cast so good-looking and engaging it hurts.
More on that in a moment, but first a little backstory.
First, if you haven't heard yet - it's the first movie from a major studio since 1993s "The Joy Luck Club" to feature an all Asian cast - so there's that.
Secondly - it's based on a beloved series of best selling books, with millions of fans.
So my point is there's a lot riding on this film for Asians in Hollywood.
That said, let me walk you through it.
"Crazy Rich Asians" tells the story of Nick, a foreign Prince Charming played by Henry Golding, dating a whipsmart American college professor played by Constance Wu.
When things get serious he invited her to meet his family in Singapore, unfortunately he waits until the last second to reveal a critical secret: they're filthy rich.
Rich boyfriend? No problem, right? Wrong!
That's because Nick's mother is a devious mother from hell, who thinks no one is good enough for her son - especially an American commoner, and you know she's gonna do her darndest to keep them apart.
Okay - you can probably guess how this one's gonna end, but it doesn't' matter. The fun is getting there.
And it is fun.
"Crazy Rich Asians" succeeds at shattering stereotypes about Asians being timid and reserved. Unfortunately it reinforces some other unflattering and untrue cultural tropes, but this isn't the Rachel Maddow Show so I'll let it go.
I will say the film has way too many subplots that suck energy away from the main event.
But when it focuses on our lovebird, it's a pretty magical diversion.
I gave "Crazy Rich Asians" three out of five stars.
"Crazy Rich Asians" is rated PG-13.