Top positive review
Fun and not at all offensive
December 6, 2018
I've read way too many reviews from people who ARE NOT ASIAN who claim that they have some deep understanding of the culture and are somehow deeply offended by the movie. I don't even know where to start with this.
As an educated Asian American woman in my thirties, I have seen many offensive portrayals of Asians in movies. Subserviant women who are merely there to please a man, men who do not act masculine, men who have certain "shortcomings," that Asian character in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and characters showing how we are all supposed to be good at math or dress awkwardly.
This movie is unique in that it shows Asian people who are not so one dimensional. It does serve to show that the stereotypes I mentioned above are not indicative of the rich tapestry of the cultures in Asia.
It's a great movie, a good mix of family drama and romcom. If you look at it as a fun snapshot of a fictional family, and a movie that follows the American tradition of romcoms while featuring an all Asian cast (a Hollywood first,) you would know not to take it so seriously. For those who bitterly complained about another culture being misrepresented, stop thinking you're someone you are not. The majority of people I know from Asian ethnic backgrounds loved the movie.
It is also in the vein of a Korean soap opera. Oh wait, you didn't know that? Yeah, it's a fully accepted form of entertainment for millions of Asian people. Look into it. Then watch me laugh when you try to argue that those super popular shows should be banned.
Asian actors I know are psyched that there will be more parts, and much more dynamic parts, for them in the near future. I'm definitely happy about that. :)