The characters in Crazy Rich Asians are not your regular rich folks. They’re next-level, unreasonably, preposterously wealthy. They have bachelor parties on tricked-out container ships in the middle of the ocean. They not only rent out the Marina Bay Sands rooftop, they also hire the national synchronized swimming team to perform in its infinity pool. They own mansions, Bugattis, and gems the size of small pets.
The film, out on Aug. 15, is the first major Hollywood project since The Joy Luck Club, in 1993, with an all-Asian or Asian American cast. It’s based on a 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan that sent up the absurd opulence available in Singapore and how differently the divided factions of its upper class behave.