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    A local studio is giving its owner the opportunity to combine her love for handmade plants and unique home decor with planting classes for the community. Read on to learn more and see how her upcoming events can give your green thumb a hand.

    “Bridging design and flora, Fern Studio offers a carefully edited selection of beautiful and unique objects along with a curated assortment of plants,” according to owner Megan Strasser.

    Located in an old gas station in the heart of College Hill, Fern has become a popular plant design studio. The reason behind the shop’s popularity is due to Strasser’s knowledge and expertise in designing and pairing plants with planters.

    When asked about her designs, she says it’s about being thoughtful. “The plant and the pot should have just as much intention as the large furniture pieces you bring into your house,” explains Strasser. “You want to choose a plant that fits your lighting conditions, but you also want to choose a plant and a pot that complement your taste and your home.”

    At Fern, you’ll find that the store, as well as the studio, specializes in custom plant design installations for homes, offices, restaurants, boutiques, and in nearly any place you can put a plant.

    Strasser says she opened Fern because she wanted to create a space that allowed her to combine her love for handmade objects and plants.

    When it comes to choosing your plants, Strasser wants to help customers select one that works for their own personal aesthetic and their home’s style.

    “You want to choose a plant that fits your lighting conditions,” says Strasser. “But you also want to choose a plant and a pot that complement your taste and your home. The plant and planter should also complement each other.”

    In addition to plants and pots, Fern also sells a curated collection of items, including hand-loomed blankets, small-batch candles, hand-woven baskets, and handmade textile wall hangings. Plus, the shop is dedicated to giving back to the community by donating proceeds to a local animal rescue.

    Fern is hosting an upcoming Terrific Terrariums class with the Taft Museum on August 25. Although the event is sold out, Strasser says you can keep your eye out on the shop’s Facebook page for other upcoming events.

    Fern is located at 6040 Hamilton Avenue in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit https://www.fern-shop.com/, “like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.

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    Enjoy the privacy of several acres and the benefits of a neighborhood with this Loveland home! Click here to see this picturesque property!

    You won’t be able to take your eyes of this beautiful Loveland home at 1204 Red Roan Drive! Priced at $1.65 million, this property features 5+ acres for the seclusion you want but with the benefits of living in a neighborhood! There are 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, a large screened-in porch, a first-floor master suite with a sitting room, and a fully finished basement with a recreation room, media room, bar, and an exercise room. You won’t want to get out of the heated saltwater pool boasting a water slide. Plus, there’s room for your horses with a barn, pasture, and riding arena! And the gated entrance gives you the security you need! 

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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    Summer sale season is upon us! Check out these tips for scouring the sale racks for fall and winter transition pieces from Styling with Amy and Amy!

    Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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    See how two local ladies teamed up to open a salon that provides an experience that pampers your hair, face, brows and lashes.

    Natalie Lickert and Sally Burch, Owners of The Blonde Fox Salon.

    Natalie Lickert remembers perfecting her skills with a curling iron and crimper on herself when she was six years old. With all those years of practice, fast-forward to today, as she and fellow beauty maker Sally Burch recently opened The Blonde Fox.

    Officially opened on June 5, 2018 in the heart of Downtown Montgomery, The Blonde Fox has one goal according to Lickert: giving customers a comfortable and quality salon experience.

    It’s a hair and beauty salon made up of Cosmetologists and Beauty Entrepreneurs. Lickert and Burch make up two of the four salon chairs, while the others are for rent for other beauty entrepreneurs looking to provide their own style and salon experience. The services and prices offered vary depending on the individual stylist, but as a whole the salon specializes in hair color, hair cutting, hair smoothing treatments, facial waxing, lash and brow tinting, hair extensions, eyelash extensions and natural eyelash enhancements.

    Lickert describes what made her want to take the leap and co-own the new salon: “My business continued to grow and I was adding new services to my menu. I had completely outgrown my prior space and I didn’t feel like I could provide the experience that I wanted for my clients,” she explains.

    The “experience,” she says, is a stress free environment where customers can obtain high quality beauty services. “One thing that was really important to Sally and me was that the salon chairs not be too close together. We were used to having our own spaces and so were our guests, so we still wanted some privacy so that everyone still felt comfortable in conversation and some personal space,” she says. “We also didn’t want it to feel like a traditional salon. We wanted to create a happy, laid back, feel-good environment where people would feel good vibes walking in the door and feel ready to relax. We are constantly seeking out education and fun ways to improve the client experience. I feel like these things combined make us stand out from other salons.”

    Lickert explains some of the unique, “feel good” aspects of the salon. “Our main goal is to provide the best experience possible for our guests when they come for a visit. We have a pretty non-traditional waiting area with some really cool chairs and fun décor. We have a full beverage bar with water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer and wine,” she says. “A full stock of magazines and cool stuff to read while they kick back and relax. We will constantly be striving to improve that the best we can.”

    Lickert believes she is doing what she was born to do and one of the things she enjoys most about it is the relationship-building aspect. “One of the coolest things about this industry is the relationships and bonds we get to build with everyone who comes through the door,” she says. “I’ve shared in some of the most exciting, happy, sad, stressful, heartbreaking times in my clients’ lives. From engagements, weddings, job promotions, babies to shaving the heads of clients with cancer or taking care of clients for their own or loved one’s funerals. I feel pretty lucky to be trusted with the task of taking care of their physical appearance, but also being chosen to participate in their personal lives.”

    As for the future, Lickert hopes to rent out the other two salon chairs and build a team of hardworking stylists as well as continuing to expand the salon services.

    The Blonde Fox is located at 7817 Cooper Road, Suite A Montgomery, OH 45242. To learn more, visit https://blondefoxsalon.com.

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    A local yoga studio is now offering a new practice that purrfectly combines yoga with adoptable cats.

    Elemental Om offers cat yoga to relax clients and help cats find new homes.
    A local yoga studio is bringing fun — and four legs — to your next yoga practice.
     
    “Yoga with Cats is a yoga experience featuring adoptable cats who work the room while you practice yoga,” says Pamela Quinn, yoga teacher and CEO of Elemental OM. “Ohio Alleycat Resources has partnered with Elemental OM for the past three years to offer this fun feline event every three months. All proceeds from the yoga event go to support OAR and save the fur babies.”
     
    There are two to four people who lead each event, a yoga teacher, two cat handlers and a photographer. 
    According to Quinn, the inspiration behind Yoga with Cats came from wanting to be intentional and impactful for causes that were truly important to her.
     
    “We decided to concentrate our charitable endeavors on a few things close to home where we could be most impactful,” Quinn says. “Each event for OAR raised upwards of $700. We also support the Shelterhouse in Cincinnati and a few other programs.”
     
    Yoga with Cats became a class because it is so much fun, Quinn adds.
     
    “Cat nip is sprinkled on your mat so the kitties are attracted to the nip. Honestly, the cat nip isn’t even needed because cats just love the feel of a yoga mat and will come over to you while you practice and roll around on your mat,” she says. “It’s a great way to meet and interact with the kitties, especially if you are in the market for a new cat. All of the cats are saved from the streets and taken really good care of. Yoga is fun and the community involvement makes you feel so good. We need more yoga and kitties in this world.”
     
    Elemental OM is unique in the world of yoga, Quinn explains. “We cater to those who are newer to yoga and to those who are aging, have situations or truly looking for a spiritually-based yoga practice,” she says. “We have two and soon to be three studios in the fall when Mason opens, so we offer multiple locations for you to find your favorite teachers and styles of yoga.” 
     
    Quinn defines success by seeing people get support as they change physically, emotionally and spiritually. Yoga with Cata helps to accomplish that, she adds. “Cats are said to be an outward expression of your soul.
     
    Having a pet can be a critical factor in healing. Success of Yoga with Cats is raising money and seeing the babies get a home,” Quinn says. 
     
    A typical class starts out with the class members arriving up to 30 minutes before the class to check in and complete a waiver.
     
    “OAR brings lots of kitty-inspired retail items and you can shop. You are encouraged to roll out your mat and play with the kitties,” Quinn says. “The yoga class is about 60 minutes long and taught for all levels so even if you have never tried yoga, you will be happy. Afterwards, you can mingle and even adopt a cat.”
     
    Elemental OM is located at 9510 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. It’s in the heart of Old Montgomery next to CVS. To keep up with Elemental OM and upcoming Yoga with Cats classes, follow along on Facebook.

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    Hosting monthly events with local restaurants and breweries, this local group aims to bring women together, create a unique community and have lots of fun in the process. 

    Cincinnati Housewives is bringing local women together for networking, friendship, and hanging out.

    Used as a platform to connect local women, Housewives in the City is a lifestyle blog and social media community with the goal to bring women together to network, make friends, and build their sense of community. 

    Social media and event coordinator for Cincinnati Housewives, Erin McIntosh, says she jumped at the chance to start the Cincinnati chapter of Housewives in the City.

    “I had always joked that I wanted a job where I just got to meet and talk to new people,” McIntosh laughs, adding that — coming from an office setting — she was eager to start something new. “It has been so much fun hosting the networking socials and meeting so many great ladies,” she adds. 

    Cincinnati Housewives events aren’t just for housewives though, McIntosh says. “Don’t let the name fool you,” she adds. “Our ladies night out socials are open to everyone,” she adds. 

    Every month, Cincinnati Housewives hosts a ladies night networking social at various local bars and restaurants. “We have local businesses and vendors set up so you can shop if you’d like,” she explains.

    According to McIntosh, event attendees range in career paths, including but not limited to bloggers, business owners, stay at home moms and direct sales consultants.  All events are free and open to the public. 

    Although Cincinnati Housewives events are open to the public, events are announced via Eventbrite and attendees are asked to register for a free ticket. McIntosh says this allows them to know how many people to expect and prepare for each attendee in advance. 

    Cincinnati Housewives prides itself in their emphasis on community, McIntosh says. “Our focus is to help ladies make connections with local people and businesses that they may have otherwise been unaware of,” she adds. 

    In the future, Cincinnati Housewives is looking forward to booking new locations and vendors for upcoming ladies nights.

    To learn more about Cincinnati Housewives events and announcements, like them on Facebook and follow the blog.

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    A new, locally-based, two-person content production company offers a fresh perspective on branding. Read on for more.

     

    Common People Creative brings the community to life with creative storytelling ideas.

    Entrepreneurs are rarely short on ideas and creativity, but it’s common for them to be short on time and the ability to effectively market with limited resources. That’s where Common People Creative can help.

    Launched about a year ago by a husband and wife team, Common People Creative is a content production company that uses media production such as writing, videography, photography, and social media to tell unique stories. They create content for large companies, small nonprofit groups, tradespeople, community agents, elected officials, and even artists. Common People Creative clients all share a common characteristic: they are common people doing uncommon things. 

    My husband and I both left corporate jobs to start working independently and this is something we’ve both wanted to do for the longest time,” says Hannah Purnell, co-owner of Common People Creative, who launched the business alongside her husband Josh Purnell. 

    Their services include writing, posted on a personal blog, where you can find attention-getting articles, scripts or even on-voice copies for a range of people and respected media outlets. To both creators of this company, compelling storytelling is all about tying visual elements to an idea and to edit this to create a story that perfectly displays the authenticity that people want to watch or read about. This is what you can see in their videography section of the business.

    “I actually took one of Bad Girl Ventures’ exploratory classes where I got to meet a bunch of entrepreneurs. I took it on a whim and after that I was convinced that I wanted to start my own business,” Hannah says. 

    Bad Girl Ventures is an incubator program based in Covington, and has since rebranded to Aviatra Accelerators. It is a place for women to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, and take a variety of business classes. 

    “It’s a huge resource here in Cincinnati, and after taking those classes along with the knowledge that my husband’s company was downsizing, I started designing the framework for this business. Once my husband became unemployed, we decided to make a go of it and it has been successful so far,” explains Hannah.

    Common People Creative has created content all the way from larger scale community development organizations to storytelling about local business owners. It is designed to emphasize the fast-paced growth Cincinnati is currently experiencing.

    Emphasizing this growthHannah adds, “It is exciting, and it underscores that there are a lot of people out there like us who are trying to work for themselves. We knew there was a community out there and through this experience it is just that much more prevalent to us that it exists.”

    Common People Creative also co-works with other companies to especially capitalize on what makes Cincinnati so special. They’ve partnered with a few businesses including Playground Coworks where they’ve utilized the available physical space and formed a partnership with the creators involved.

    “We’ve been working with them for a few months now but it’s going great and it’s giving us a great insight into what it’s really like to operate in different spaces that we’re used to,” adds Hannah. 

    The key to this company is truly engaging with local businesses and entrepreneurs, and to ensure exposure for their ideas to prosper. With their creative knowledge and expertise, these videos and articles are helping to reach the community and to get these people’s messages out there. 

    “We’re letting people know what these creatives do, how they do it, and why they should be the topic of interest. There is a lot of this in our video offerings, and we want to give local businesses the opportunity to really engage with the community and other like-minded individuals in order to get their ideas out there,” Josh says.

    Common People Creative is designed to help Cincinnati natives and transplants alike to learn about people and businesses that you wouldn’t have known existed. They use affordable and approachable branding strategies in order to capitalize on the diverse nature of the city of Cincinnati, showing the general public all the different ways that you can connect with each other. 

    “Your company does not have to have a million dollars, or even a huge following in order to have savvy and sharable story that people can latch on to. We occupy a different space than other agencies, and having our background in media production, we offer a story that companies used to only be able to get through a learned media,” Josh explains. “Nowadays, you need people who are agile, fun, and who are truly interested in telling your story.”

    To learn more about Common People Creative, or to read their blog, visit www.commonpeoplecreative.com.

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    Learn about an upcoming event that offers local ladies a night of fun, shopping and supporting future generations.

    The second annual St. Jude Sip ‘n Shop Ladies Night Out is scheduled for November 3.

    The second annual St. Jude Sip N’ Shop Ladies Night Out is coming up Nov. 3. This year’s event will feature more than 30 vendors under one roof — plus cold refreshments available for purchase and complimentary light appetizers — so you can enjoy a fun night out, get some holiday shopping done, and support St. Jude Elementary School, a private middle school in Bridgetown.

    Andrea Mette and Angela Durepo are the co-coordinators and founders of the event. They became friends while planning last year’s inaugural Sip N’ Shop, and they have found that they’re kindred spirits. They attended Mother of Mercy together and had met through a mutual friend at St. Jude. They were casual acquaintances, but their mutual love for shopping and doing good for others brought them close together. 

    “In the Bridgetown area where St. Jude is located, there wasn’t an evening event like ours at the time, and we saw a chance to try something new and exciting!” says Durepo.

    Durepo and Mette wanted to showcase area vendors and provide the lovely ladies at St. Jude and all over the West Side of Cincinnati a chance to have a night out, just having fun and doing some shopping. Durepo and Mette found that they could accomplish these goals and raise money for the St. Jude PTO’s Spirit Scholarship (which assists students in need) all at one time. 

    “It was a win-win no matter how we looked at it,” Durepo adds. “Whenever you can help kids while shopping and laughing with your girlfriends, it’s bound to be fun!”

    Durepo and Mette work very hard to try and secure as many unique vendors as possible for the Sip ‘n Shop. They have nearly 40 vendor spaces, and unlike many other shows those spaces are filled with both direct sales types vendors (such as Tastefully Simple, Magnolia & Vine, Lula Roe, and Mary Kay) and artisans and crafters (such as jewelry artisans, cookie and cupcake designers, clothing boutiques, and crafters.)  

    Durepo says that they love finding a good mix of vendors so that they can offer more choices to those who come to shop, and it gives the vendors a great chance to get their product out there and make a name for themselves.

    “We were just so pleased that the first Sip ‘N Shop was a success in the eyes of both our vendors and our shoppers,” says Durepo. “Because it was so successful, we had 13 vendors sign up that night to be a part of the event again this year!”

    Durepo and Mette try to make sure that there is something for everyone at the Sip ‘n Shop. Their goal is that no matter what woman comes to shop, she will find a vendor to meet her needs. They have jewelry designers, skin care experts, crafters, clothing boutiques, cookie and cupcake designers, makeup experts, home decor vendors, and so much more. The vendors are also very gracious and donate one item each to the raffle which in turn raises more money for the PTO’s Spirit Scholarship. 

    “I loved seeing my fellow moms last year not just shopping, but also laughing and having a wonderful time with each other!” says Durepo. “I’ve been to many craft shows and vendor shows, but our Sip ‘n Shop felt special because it was at night and offered the ladies in the community a chance to have a nice night out that was designed with them in mind.”

    Durepo and Mette excited to announce that they’ve added several new vendors to the lineup this year including, two boutiques in Too Qute Boutique and Boutique Bellini. They are also excited to announce some new vendors, such as Torchlight Armory, L’Bri Pure & Natural, Sunshine & Sandpaper, Sugar Mommy, Tupperware and more, in addition to the vendors from last year, such as Clever Girl, Vintage Creations, Jamberry, Fire God Glass, Dougherty Designs, ELK Home, Fenno Fashion, Lipsense, Perfectly Posh, Usborne and many more. 

    In addition, the cost to get in this year will only be $2 and will include a split the pot ticket (although you can buy more split the pot chances!) All proceeds from the cost to get in, split the pot, and raffle will benefit the St. Jude PTO Spirit Scholarship. 

    “It really does take a community to make something like this work, and Andrea and I are very grateful for all the help and support we get,” says Durepo. “We can’t thank everyone by name, but we hope they all know that we recognize their support and help and are so grateful for it.” 

    The St. Jude Sip N’ Shop will place in the undercroft of St. Jude Church located at 5924 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45248 on November 3 at 7pm

    To learn more about the St. Jude Sip N’ Shop, visit facebook.com/stjudesipnshop or contact them at stjudesipnshop@gmail.com.

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    Read on to learn more about an intimate concert series playing in shops and startups to homes and events.

    SoFar Sounds brings a new music experience to Cincinnati..

    Cincy Chic: What is SoFar Sounds Cincinnati?
    Noah Stone, City Lead and Artist Booking for SoFar Sounds Cincinnati: SoFar Sounds Cincinnati is an intimate concert series with shows held in unique venues from local shops and startups to people’s apartment and homes. Each show typically features two to three artists with each lineup curated to give our audience a unique show.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Stone: SoFar Sounds was started in London back in 2009 after a few friends got tired of unenjoyable live music experience in your traditional bar or venue setting. Whether the crowd was too loud and not paying attention or you had someone standing in your way snapping selfies throughout the show these friends took it upon themselves to start curating and throwing intimate shows in unique spaces where the audience and artist alike could enjoy the music. 

    Since then SoFar has spread into a global community currently in 413 cities across the globe from Cairo, Egypt to Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Stone: We all wear a number of different hats when needed but here is how we are organized:

    • Noah Stone – City Lead and Artist Booking
    • Nathan Lewis – Sound engineering and Equipment
    • Chelsea Brown – Venues and Operations
    • David Spooner – Videographer contact and Operations
    • Nora Molinaro – Social Media
    • Jane Spooner – Finances

    We also want to make sure to give thanks to the number of different videographers that come out to do the video work for our shows as well as all of the people that have allowed us to throw a show in their spaces!

    Cincy Chic: How can readers become part of So Far Sounds?
    Stone: The SoFar community is an inclusive one. We currently aren’t in need of any more volunteers but are always looking for new and fun spaces to hold our shows as well as new audience members to come out and enjoy them.

    We are so grateful that Cincinnati has embraced us wholeheartedly and made every show a successful enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

    Cincy Chic: What makes So Far Sounds unique?
    Stone: SoFar is unique in the sense that the shows are held in non-traditional spaces with an audience who is dead silent and usually sitting. (and when I mean silent I mean you can hear a pin drop silent) This also gives the audience a chance to interact on a more personal level with the artists at each show.

    Lastly, since the spaces we have our show in can’t hold infinite people, SoFar operates on a lottery basis. You can visit Sofar’s website, search Cincinnati and sign up for upcoming shows. About a week in advance you’ll get an email that you’ve been selected and can purchase tickets. The day before the show you’ll be emailed the location and you don’t know what artists will be playing the show until you show up.

    It adds a nice element of surprise to an already exciting event. 

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers check out SoFar Sounds around the city?
    Stone: You can learn more about SoFar Sounds at their website and can sign up for upcoming Cincinnati shows by searching for Cincinnati or visiting this link You can also see videos from a number of our past shows at that city specific link as well as submit to play or host a show.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
    Stone: A number of upcoming shows to keep a look out for as well as more and more unique venues. Our last show was held at the Cincinnati Observatory and audience members got a chance to view the telescopes and look at the stars between artists.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Stone: This link has it all https://www.sofarsounds.com/cincinnati

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    Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel gets the Hollywood treatment. See why our critic says it’s “crazy well done.”

     

    “So … Which of these accessories is going to make Lady Gaga jealous?” Rachel Chu (Constance Wu, right, in red) gets some fashion advice from her college best friend – and the secretly rich – Peik Lin Goh (Awkafina) in a scene from CRAZY RICH ASIANS. Credit: 

     

    WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:


    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong, Awkwafina, Lisa Lu, Ronny Chieng, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Pierre Png, Jimmy O. Yang, Tan Kheng Hua, Remi Hii and Nico Santos

    WRITER(S): Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim (screenplay); Kevin Kwan (novel on which the film is based)

    DIRECTOR(S): Jon M. Chu

    WEB SITE: http://www.crazyrichasiansmovie.com/

    HERE’S THE STORY: Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, a New York economics professor who’s happily in love with her Oxord education boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding in his debut feature film). So when Nick asks her to accompany him on a trip home to Singapore for the wedding of his good friend Colin (Chris Pang) to Araminta (Sonoya Mizuno), she happily says yes. And since she’ll be able to see her old college friend Peik (Awkwafina), Rachel is excited to visit the native land of her people since her mother Kerry (Tan Kheng Hua) left Asia before she was born.

    That’s when she discovers that not only is Peik rich, but Nick’s family is really rich. Like, crazy rich – and Nick’s mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh) is “old world” Chinese in both tradition and practice. 

    WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? People who enjoyed the novel; fans of people living lavish lifestyles the average person can only dream of; mothers and daughters looking for a good bonding movie; independent women; anyone of Asian descent searching for a major Hollywood film that features their people in a positive, entertaining light; those looking for a film that doesn’t play into the usual romantic comedy/race-centric tropes; Awkwafina fans

    WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People with no interest in Asian culture; those will find the slow parts in the film’s first hour too, well, slow; people who always say “the book was better;” people who think you have to be Asian to appreciate the film’s universal themes of love, acceptance and family

    SO IS IT GOOD, BAD OR JUST AWFUL? A movie that is essentially a classic love story with modern elements in a setting unfamiliar to many American audiences, Crazy Rich Asians is an entertaining, heartfelt romantic comedy that doesn’t break any new ground as far as romantic comedies go – but breaks plenty in just being a good movie.

    Crazy Rich Asians features just about everything you could want in a story: Chemistry between its two leads and supporting characters that, well, save for one or two characters that might seem a like a toned down version of co-star Ken Jeong’s work in The Hangover, are not caricatures of Asians in American eyes. Whereas Wu and Golding (he of British-Malaysian descent) seem like a real couple, Awkafina and Nico Santos – who plays Nick’s fashion and family-conscious cousin Oliver T’Sien – steal every scene they’re in with their good-natured, perfectly timed and well-meaning quips. Likewise, whereas Yeoh plays the role of the seemingly icy family matriarch with a good duality to her like many a Marvel Universe villain – she’s is cautious to never operate at one extreme at any one time – and Gemma Chan plays her role as Nick’s beautiful yet personally suffering in her relationship with her husband Michael (Pierre Png) in a way that feels extremely real (and thus inspiring without going out of her way to be so). 

    Beautifully shot by director Jon M. Chu as essentially a tourist agency’s dream video postcard for Singapore, the film presents some of the best visuals captured on film this year, acting as the perfect backdrop for the film’s characters to play, love and learn throughout their respective journeys. Throw in a soundtrack that interpolates classic American songs of various genres in native Asian tongues and Crazy Rich Asians is the type of film that will feel revolutionary when in fact it’s simply more evolutionary.

    For given how solid the film is, hopefully Crazy Rich Asians marks the evolution of an industry that has long underserved the Asian moviegoing population but at the same time proves a movie like this can entertain anyone.

    OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

     

     

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