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The Farewell
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The Farewell (2019)

Drama Comedy
98 min.
Release Date
July 19, 2019 (Limited)
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Running Time
98 minutes
MPAA Rating
Rated PG for thematic material, brief language and some smoking

In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family... Full synopsis »

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Honesty is not the best policy in The Farewell, in which a family opts to not tell their grandma that she’s dying of cancer while putting on a wedding as an excuse to all come together and commiserate. The movie, in which writer/director Lulu Wang finds that perfect balance of comedy and drama in a movie about the gulf between East and West, presents a fascinating exploration of the role of family. Full movie review »
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