⦿ In the movie, Nick gives Rachel a heads up about his family and their money on the flight to Singapore. It’s not a full disclosure, but it’s certainly more of a warning than she gets in the book.
⦿ On top of the above heads up, when Rachel visits Peik Lin in the movie, she knows right away who Nick is and makes sure Rachel is much more prepared to meet his family than she is in the book.
⦿ With that in mind, I didn’t like that Nick and Astrid were so infamous in the movie. It seemed much more realistic that their level of wealth protected them from extreme fame and notoriety in the book. Especially since a significant storyline moving forward is that Astrid and her family avoid media interest at all costs, it didn’t make sense that everyone recognised her whenever she went somewhere in the movie.
⦿ In the movie, Nick’s father is still active in his work, while in the book, he’s virtually retired in Sydney and acts as a relaxed counterpart to the craziness of Nick’s mother.
⦿ One of the weirdest changes in the movie was how chummy Michael and Nick were.
⦿ Colin and Araminta were fairly open (with Nick) about their anxiety/mental health issues, which were written entirely out of the movie. They were much more interesting characters in the book because of this, and I wish it was in the movie, too.
⦿ This one was probably a good call, though: the dogfighting and casino part of the bachelor party in the book wasn’t in the movie. Their escape from the bachelor party was different too – not just in execution but also in the destination.
⦿ Mehmet was one of my favourite of Nick’s friends, but he doesn’t seem to exist in the movie.
⦿ I think the dumplings scene in the movie was a good addition to the story, but it was much more sentimental than anything that would have taken place in the book.
⦿ So many differences in the actual wedding, starting with the change in venue (no private island for the wedding reception in the movie)
⦿ In the movie, Nick’s mother confronted Rachel about her background at the wedding, which seems pretty trashy and unlikely considering their love of status and privacy. She also had way too much information about Rachel’s mother and her marriage/affair/lineage. There’s no way any private investigator would have been able to get all of that information.
⦿ Another missing character from the book: I kept waiting for Charlie to show up at the wedding to steal Astrid away and discover the truth about her husband. I’m starting to feel like the scriptwriter cut out all my favourite characters on purpose…
⦿ The Mahjong scene in the movie was another totally new scene
⦿ By far the best difference in the movie was Astrid standing up to Michael. I wish this had happened in the book. Also, the affair being an affair was a much less convoluted choice than what happened in the book.
⦿ Movie Eleanor is a massive softie, while book Eleanor is a massive bitch. The two have no similarities and are barely related to one another.
⦿ Underneath it all, the book and the movie tell the same story but the movie cut out a lot of the trips, deception, and twists that made the book more interesting. The movie covered a much shorter time while the book was more spread out with a bigger spotlight on food, fashion, and gossip. I think this is why the movie felt more like a copy & paste chick flick, and the book, while not my favourite contemporary romance, was a great window into this (pretty crazy) world.