10 Ways The Crazy Rich Asians Movie Is Different From The Book

Warning: Spoilers for Crazy Rich Asians abound.
So, you watched Crazy Rich Asians over the weekend and are now itching to know what comes next. Luckily, you don't have to wait for a movie sequel to find out what happens in the story of Nicholas Young (Henry Golding) and Rachel Chu (Constance Wu). Kevin Kwan's trilogy of novels contains all the twists you could hope for, and then some. Once you start the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, though, you may want to cancel your weekend plans — the books are that compelling.
That said, the Crazy Rich Asians movie isn't a direct copy of the book. While the movie stayed true to the book's main beats (A jaguar-like potential mother in law! A Cinderella story!), the movie deviated from Kwan's original story in some significant ways. For example, there's no iconic mahjong scene in the book, but there is a lot more Astrid.
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Here's every major way the movie differs from the book.
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The story takes place over spring break, not summer vacation.

In the movie: Nick and Rachel, both economics professors, travel to Singapore over spring break. As a result, the movie's action takes place in a condensed period of time. Speaking of economics professors — in the movie, we actually get to see Rachel in action in a classroom. Unsurprisingly, she's awesome. In the scene, she plays poker against one of her students, foreshadowing the skillful mahjong match that comes near the end of the movie.

In the book: Their trip is set over the course of the summer, allowing Rachel to spend more time with Nick's family and giving them the chance to make a getaway to Malaysia.
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The Goh family steals the show.

In the movie: Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina) and her family — especially her father (Ken Jeong) — play major roles, especially in the comic relief department. Rachel spends a tremendous amount of time getting to know the Gohs. Peik Lin also helps Rachel prepare for the realities of Nick Young's world in a way that Nick certainly doesn't.

In the book: Rachel and Peik Lin had been friends in college. To Rachel, Peik Lin was the embodiment of wealth. That changes, though, after she meets Nick's family. The Goh family are representative of Singapore's nouveau riche class.
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The Young family is notoriously wealthy.

In the movie: The Young family is extremely famous in Singapore. When Rachel tells Peik Lin's family that she's dating Nick Young, they practically slide out of their seats. This, in turn, leads to another change between book and movie. Peik Lin drives Rachel to Ah Ma's (Lisa Lu) tan hua party at Tyersall Park in the book, but doesn't attend the party as she does in the movie.

In the book: The Youngs are so wealthy that no one outside of their extremely elite circle knows who they are. Think of the book version of the Youngs as deities who never deign to socialize with peons. Nick's family values privacy over public recognition. Still, just from Rachel's description, Peik Lin's father pieces together that the Youngs are very, very wealthy.
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Nick's dad, Phillip, is nowhere to be found.

In the movie: Nick's dad is mysteriously in Australia for the duration of the story's action.

In the book: Nick's dad is frequently in Australia, but he's around to meet Rachel. Phillip is always away on business.
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Alistair Cheng isn't nearly as adorable as he is in the book.

In the movie: Alistair Cheng's (Remy Hii) main personality trait is that he's obsessed with Kitty Pong (Fiona Xie), an actress. At the end of the movie, Kitty Pong's transfers her attention to Bernard Tai (Jimmy O. Yang) while Alistair is in the bathroom. Poor Alistair.

In the book: Alistair is super sweet and, more importantly, he's Team Rachel and Nick in a family that is very anti Rachel and Nick.
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Astrid's storyline is significantly truncated.

In the movie: Most of Astrid's storyline focuses on the dissolution of her marriage to Michael Teo (Pierre Png), a soldier-turned-tech entrepreneur. Astrid discovers that Michael is having an affair, apparently because he can't stand being married to a woman who comes from extreme wealth. At the end of the movie, she locks eyes with a mysterious suited man (Harry Shum Jr.), who those of us in the know recognize to be Charlie Wu, Astrid's "one who got away."

In the book: Astrid's storyline is so compelling. She finds out that Michael is cheating early on in the book, and doesn't give up on him — she actually tries to get him back. Charlie Wu, Astrid's billionaire ex-fiancé, helps Astrid in her quest, even though he's still in love with her. The more time they spend together, the more Astrid remembers why she loved Charlie in the first place. Astrid, Charlie, and Michael are locked a love triangle made especially complicated by wealth and gender expectations. Cassian, Astrid and Michael's son, also has more of a presence in the book.
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The bachelorette party drama features different characters.

In the movie: Rachel is fed to the super-rich Singaporean wolves at Araminta's (Sonoya Mizuno) bachelorette party. Nick's ex-girlfriend, Amanda Ling (Jing Lusi), poses as an ally to Rachel, and then undermines her confidence. Rachel is rescued from social isolation by Astrid, who arrives in at the last minute and shows Rachel kindness. She also opens up about her issues with Michael.

In the book: Rachel is picked on by the mean girls, but her primary antagonist isn't Amanda Ling (Jing Lusi). It's a character named Francesca, who once had a threesome with Nick and Mandy, his high school girlfriend. Also, Astrid doesn't attend the bachelorette party. Rachel instead befriends Sophie, Astrid's cousin.
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The bachelor party is different, too.

In the movie: Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) offloads bachelor party planning duties to Bernard Tai, who plans a rager on a shipping freighter. This hedonistic bonanza definitely isn't Colin and Nick's idea of a fun time. After spending some time socializing with what appears to be every Miss Universe pageant queen (they're wearing sashes), Colin and Nick steal a helicopter and travel to a remote island. Nick reveals that he's planning to propose to Rachel. Like everyone else in Nick's social circle, Colin warns him of the challenges the pairing will pose to him — and to Rachel.

In the book: The bachelor party is even more of a marathon than it is in the movie. It involves drugs, prostitutes, and yes — dog fights. Nick and his close friends end up leaving.
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Eleanor and Rachel spend more time together.

In the movie: Eleanor and Rachel's ever-evolving, ever-contentious relationship is one of the most crucial strands of the movie. Eleanor and Rachel meet early on, giving Nick's mother ample time to intimidate her son's new girlfriend and reveal more of her own history — like that Ah Ma never approved of Eleanor marrying her son. Eleanor tries to "disqualify" Rachel from dating Nick by hiring a private investigator and uncovering the fact that Rachel's dad is in prison in China. Eventually, Rachel concedes to her opponent. During a game of mahjong, she lets Eleanor "win," even though she just have easily could have won. Rachel relinquishes Nick.

In the book: Eleanor makes her big "your dad's in prison!" reveal earlier on in the book, prompting Rachel to buy a ticket to China to try and meet him. Then, Kerry, Rachel's mother, intercepts her and reveals that Rachel's real father is actually a childhood friend with whom she had an affair. Nick's family never officially approves his relationship with Rachel.
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Nick's proposal actually happens! Hooray!

In the movie: Actually, he proposes twice – swoon. Days after the fiasco at Colin and Araminta's wedding, Rachel finally agrees to see Nick. He proposes to her, but Rachel turns him down, knowing that her marriage to Nick would be under an insurmountable amount of pressure from his family. Rachel meets with Eleanor at the mahjong club and officially concedes Nick to her. Then, Nick catches up with Rachel on her plane back to the United States. He proposes to Rachel using Eleanor's ring, a wordless sign of Eleanor's approval.

In the book: After weeks with the extended Young family, Rachel and Nick make a getaway to Malaysia. Their romantic trip is spoiled when Eleanor and Ah Ma show up and reveal that Rachel's father is in prison. Like the movie, the end of the book features a dramatic airport scene, but it's all about Nick and Kerry preventing Rachel from boarding a plane to China to meet her supposed father in prison. Nick never ends up proposing in Crazy Rich Asians, though by the sequel, they're engaged.
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