In Crazy Rich Asians (2018), before she eats dinner at Nick Young's grandmother's residence, Peik Lin picks a cocktail dress out of her car trunk:

Rachel: You have a cocktail dress in your trunk?

Peik: I'm not an animal, Rachel.

Why did Peik Lin say, "I'm not an animal"?


Much of this movie is a caricature of the wildly-rich Singaporean lifestyle. Clothing and appearances are crucially important. Therefore, Peik Lin is revealed to have a variety of outfits with her for multiple occasions -- it would be low class to attend a cocktail party in anything other than a cocktail dress. When she bluntly says, "I'm not an animal, Rachel," she is implying that only an "animal" would wear the wrong type of outfit to such a sophisticated gathering. She could have said, "I wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything other than a cocktail dress to Nick Young's party," but she humorously exaggerated the point by saying that only the lowest type of person would make that unforgivable fashion mistake.

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    "Why are you wearing a tux?" "It's after six, what am I, a farmer?" – MikeTheLiar Apr 12 '19 at 13:36
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    @MikeTheLiar Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock! Perfect!! – BrettFromLA Apr 12 '19 at 17:27

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