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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Crazy Rich Asians” OK for Kids?

You can’t go far right now without hearing about Crazy Rich Asians, with it’s groundbreaking cast and stellar reviews (I gave it an A in the MOVIE MINUTE). If you’re a fan of the book series it’s based on, you’re probably already planning to see Crazy Rich Asians, but can you take your kids?
Crazy Rich Asians is rated PG-13 by the MPAA “for some suggestive content and language,” but that doesn’t give parents much to work with. Families might be even more interested in taking their kids, since this is the first film in twenty-five years to feature an all-Asian cast (since The Joy Luck Club in 1993). What exactly can they expect, once the lights go down and the romance heats up onscreen?
I took my 14-year-old daughter to see Crazy Rich Asians today, which she’s been begging to see since finishing the book last month. We both adored the sweet love story and incredible cast (Awkwafina and Constance Wu were our favorites, but Henry Golding is a dreamboat!), and she was pleased with the minor tweaks that had been made to the story-line. Emma also told me that some of the language and situations had been toned down from the book, probably to ensure that PG-13 rating.
There was nothing onscreen that made me uncomfortable, but parents of younger children should be aware of a few suggestive scenes. One couple can’t keep their hands off each other, and are often grinding somewhere in the background. There are some allusions to sex between our main characters but nothing is ever shown, and expect some “drugs and hookers” references during the bachelor party. I noticed a bit of salty language and one brief F-bomb, but never felt that it was overt or offensive. In fact, one insult in particular (“Bok bok, bitch!”) might be my new favorite!
Crazy Rich Asians is ultimately a story about love and family, and what happens when a person has to choose between the two. It’s a gorgeously shot, glossy tribute to old-school Hollywood that I feel anyone (including most kids 10 and over) would enjoy. In fact, I would’ve taken my 11-year-old with us if she hadn’t already gone back to school. Then again, she might’ve had TOO much fun with “Bok bok, bitch!
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