Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Constance Wu: Rachel Chu
Rachel Chu : Thanks for meeting me here.
[Eleanor eyes the other two women at the mahjong table]
Rachel Chu : Don't worry about them. They're half-deaf and they only speak Hokkien.
[Long pause as Eleanor reluctantly settles into her seat]
Rachel Chu : My mom taught me how to play. She told me mahjong would teach me important life skills: Negotiation. Strategy. Cooperation.
Eleanor Young : You asked me here, I assume it's not for a mahjong lesson.
[Shows her tiles]
Eleanor Young : Pong.
Eleanor Young : My mother taught me too.
Rachel Chu : I know Nick told you the truth about my mom, but you didn't like me the second I got here. Why is that?
Eleanor Young : There is a Hokkien phrase 'kaki lang'. It means: our own kind of people, and you're not our own kind.
Rachel Chu : Because I'm not rich? Because I didn't go to a British boarding school, or wasn't born into a wealthy family?
Eleanor Young : You're a foreigner. American - and all Americans think about is their own happiness.
Rachel Chu : Don't you want Nick to be happy?
Eleanor Young : It's an illusion. We understand how to build things that last. Something you know nothing about.
Rachel Chu : You don't know me.
Eleanor Young : I know you're not what Nick needs.
Rachel Chu : [pauses] Well he proposed to me yesterday.
Rachel Chu : He said he'd walk away from his family and from you for good.
Rachel Chu : Don't worry, I turned him down.
Eleanor Young : [sighs] Only a fool folds a winning hand.
Rachel Chu : Mm no. There's no winning. You made sure of that. 'Cause if Nick chose me, he would lose his family. And if he chose his family, he might spend the rest of his life resenting you.
Eleanor Young : [after a long pause] So you chose for him...
Rachel Chu : I'm not leaving because I'm scared, or because I think I'm not enough - because maybe for the first time in my life, I know I am.
[Choking back tears]
Rachel Chu : I just love Nick so much, I don't want him to lose his mom again. So I just wanted you to know: that one day - when he marries another lucky girl who is enough for you, and you're playing with your grandkids while the Tan Hua's are blooming, and the birds are chirping - that it was because of me: a poor, raised by a single mother, low class, immigrant nobody.
[Shows her tiles. Gets up. Walks to her mom who then turns around and gives Auntie Eleanor the silent death glare]
Rachel Chu : I'm so Chinese I'm an econ professor with lactose intolerance.
Rachel Chu : I can't believe this airport has a butterfly garden and a movie theatre. JFK is just salmonella and despair.
Rachel Chu : Our brains so hate the idea of losing something that's valuable to us that we abandon all rational thought, and we make some really poor decisions. So, Curtis wasn't playing to win. He was playing not to lose.
[Served with extravagant dinner portions at the family table, Rachel is eating rather modestly at Peik Lin Goh's parents house]
Neenah Goh : Don't stand on ceremony, Rachel. This is simple food, lah.
Wye Mun Goh : Ha, cha-cha-cha. Dooon't beeee shyyyy!
[hands Rachel a giant platter of food]
Wye Mun Goh : You're not a model.
Rachel Chu : I am definitely not.
Wye Mun Goh : No, you're not! Not at all, you're far from it.
Rachel Chu : [laughs nervously] I know.
Wye Mun Goh : And make sure ya eat it all cuz I'm watching you.
Rachel Chu : Okay, thank you.
Wye Mun Goh : Uh, you haven't finished your nuggets yet, sweetie. Okay, there's a lotta children starving in America. Right? I mean, take a look at her.
[pointing tactlessly at Rachel]
Wye Mun Goh : She's American! Huh? Really skinny. You wanna look like THAT?
Wye Mun Goh : THEN EAT YOUR NUGGETS!
Nick Young : So, what about us taking an adventure east?
Rachel Chu : [thinking for a minute] You wanna get pork buns in the East Village. That's what it is, isn't it?
Nick Young : I was actually thinking of further east.
Rachel Chu : Like Queens?
Nick Young : Like Singapore, for spring break? Colin's wedding. We've been dating for over a year now, and I think it's about time people met my beautiful girlfriend. Come on, I'm Colin's best man. Don't you wanna see where I grew up? Meet my family, my Ah Ma?
Rachel Chu : [as they bury the gutted fish from her hotel room] This weekend was supposed to be mani-pedis, cocktails served in pineapples. This definitely wasn't on the menu. Why would Araminta even have friends like them? They're so mean.
Astrid Young Teo : [as they fill in the hole] Well, you grow up your whole lives together, you make excuses for people. Specially the morons.
Rachel Chu : Why didn't you tell me about my father?
Kerry Chu : My husband wasn't a good man. He hurt me. But an old schoolmate of mine helped me through things and we fell in love and I got pregnant with his baby, that's you. I was so afraid my husband would find out and kill us both, so I just took you and I ran to America.
Rachel Chu : [as they arrive at the airport] Okay, game plan. Check our bags, get through security, and then we could eat one of the three homemade Tupperware meals my mom packed for us.
Rachel Chu : I thought I was here to meet your family, go to your best friend's wedding, eat some good food. Instead, I feel like I'm a villain in a soap opera who's plotting to steal your family fortune.
Nick Young : What happened?
Rachel Chu : I mean, I met Amanda. She told me that everyone here thinks that I'm the evil person that prevented you from moving back to Singapore last year but, when I didn't even know you were supposed to come home.
Nick Young : You have every reason to be upset.
Rachel Chu : I'm not done yet! There was also the gutted, bloody fish that Araminta's friends left for me in my hotel room on my bed next to the words 'Catch this, you gold-digging bitch'... written in big fat serial-killer letters.