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I screwed up and thought “Before Sunset” (2004) was the first installment of the “Before” trilogy. But as I watched it, I learned through brief flashbacks and nonstop conversation between Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke about the initial romantic interlude that was “Before Sunrise.” Thus, my experience was neither an exercise in total confusion nor total enjoyment. Instead, this film felt more like a one-act play on the Hallmark Channel, featuring an ESPN-style analysis from Paris, showing highlights of the Romance Super Bowl that took place nine years earlier. Oh my god with the talking and talking and talking already.

I continue to believe true equality is not found in rare excellence, but in the above average and the mediocre. For example, if honkeys can make money churning out formulaic romantic comedies (cough, hallmarkchannel, cough), why can’t minorities? Of course they can! “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018) sometimes feels more engineered than created, but it hews to a tried-and-true rom-com storyline (working-class girl meets rich guy’s family), throws in a few twists, and manipulates in all the right places. Plus, you have the novelty of untrodden cinematic ground (Asians with British accents, exotic Singapore locations, etc.). Not great, not bad. See?