Laundromat owner Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) is being audited by the IRS when she finds out that she and her family exist in many different parallel universes. A surprise hit for the directors who created a fast-moving, crazy, and innovative adventure straddling different genres. Providing great opportunities for a charming cast to shine, and crafting a portrait of a family that ultimately delivers emotionally in spite of frenzied metaverse-jumping, the film is confusing, exhausting… but fun. A terrific, lovable comeback for Ke Huy Quan and a weighty role for Yeoh that reflects her whole career.
2022-U.S. 139 min. Color. Written and directed by Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert. Editing: Paul Rogers. Music: Son Lux. Song: ”This Is a Life” (Ryan Lott, David Byrne, Mitski). Cast: Michelle Yeoh (Evelyn Wang), Stephanie Hsu (Joy Wang), Ke Huy Quan (Waymond Wang), James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenny Slate. Voice of Randy Newman.
Trivia: Co-produced by Anthony and Joe Russo; co-executive produced by Yeoh (whose part was originally written for Jackie Chan). Awkwafina was first cast as Joy.
Oscars: Best Picture, Director, Actress (Yeoh), Supporting Actor (Quan), Supporting Actress (Curtis), Original Screenplay, Film Editing. BAFTA: Best Editing. Golden Globes: Best Actress (Yeoh), Supporting Actor (Quan).