The best modern romantic comedy is now streaming on Netflix

Warner Bros. Pictures' "Crazy Rich Asians" Premiere - Arrivals
Warner Bros. Pictures' "Crazy Rich Asians" Premiere - Arrivals / Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages

Romantic comedies tell heartwarming stories that usually resonate with audiences. They're often uplifting and are filled with comedic elements that add an extra layer of enjoyment. Honestly, it's that perfect blend of romance and humor that makes rom-coms a beloved genre for many people. I mean, it's definitely one of our favorite genres here at Netflix Life.

That's why we're so excited about the release of Crazy Rich Asians. Netflix dropped this incredible film today (June 6), and it's arguably one of the best romantic comedies ever made. Since it's a licensed movie, it won't remain on the streaming platform forever. That's why it's imperative that you watch it as soon as possible. Don't worry, though. We'll share the film's Netflix departure date once it's announced.

Based on the satirical 2013 romantic comedy novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians was helmed by Jon M. Chu from a screenplay co-written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim. Chu previously directed the movies Step Up 2: The Streets, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Now You See Me 2. His most recent directing projects include the upcoming musical fantasy films Wicked: Part One and Wicked: Part Two.

Additionally, Chiarelli is known for previously writing the screenplay for the 2009 rom-com The Proposal, while Lim is known for co-writing the screenplay for the animated film Raya and the Last Dragon and directing the comedy flick Joy Ride.

Ken Jeong, Jon M. Chu, Jimmy O. Yang, Sonoya Mizuno, Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Constance Wu, Chris Pang, Nico Santos, Ronny Chieng, Kevin Kwan
Warner Bros. Pictures' "Crazy Rich Asians" Premiere - Red Carpet / Emma McIntyre/GettyImages

Crazy Rich Asians' story centers around a Chinese-American economics professor named Rachel Chu, who after being invited to accompany her longtime boyfriend Nick to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, discovers that he comes from one of the wealthiest families in Singapore and is considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors.

With this newfound information, Rachel is placed in a difficult situation where she struggles to fit in and prove herself. She's faced with various challenges and finds herself having to contend with Nick's disapproving mother and the jealous Singaporean socialites who want to bring her down.

Golden Globe nominee Constance Wu stars in the leading role of Rachel Chu, while Snake Eyes star Henry Golding portrays the role of Nick Young, Rachel's wealthy boyfriend. Joining them in the cast are Golden Globe winner Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr., and many others.

When Crazy Rich Asians hit theaters back in August 2018, it ended up being a major critical and commercial success, grossing $239 million on a budget of $30 million. It mainly received positive reviews from both critics and audiences, with many praising the movie for its significant representation of Asian culture, its engaging storyline, its strong performances by the cast, its visually stunning production design, and its well-written screenplay.

Here's what some critics had to say about the rom-com via Rotten Tomatoes:

"Above all, it's got that romcom magic. Like any of the best real-life weddings, it makes you simultaneously laugh and cry and go 'awww!' in the kissy bits. Suffering from post-summer holiday blues? Consider them banished."

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

"It's a boisterous ride that you'll want to jump on time and again, still chortling with each rewatch."

Wenlei Ma

The film even went on to be nominated for many awards, including Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Wu.

Due to the movie's success, two sequels were announced to be in development. The first sequel was revealed to be a movie adaptation of Kwan's 2015 novel China Rich Girlfriend, and the second sequel would be adapting Kwan's 2017 novel Rich People Problems into a film. A spinoff movie centering on Astrid and Charlie's romance was later announced by Warner Bros. in May 2022. So, it looks like we won't be saying goodbye to the Crazy Rich Asians world anytime soon.

Take a look at the exciting official trailer for the rom-com below!

Crazy Rich Asians is now streaming on Netflix. Will you be watching the romantic comedy?

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