Always Be My Maybe

Sasha Tran is a famous chef opening a new restaurant in her hometown, San Francisco. Her fiance has just fled to India for 6 months, during which time they’re going to “see other people.” Those other people may or may not include Marcus, Sasha’s childhood best friend, with whom she lost touch after an ill-conceived grief-fuck in the backseat of his car. I mean definitely not. Their brief coupling was so awkward, and then she went off and did big things and he stayed behind to work in the family business after his mom died. It’ll never work. Never.

Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) have a lot of love between them, but love is not enough. Their lives have diverged more than just geographically. Plus, it’s hard to take a dip in the hot springs of love when you’ve been lollygagging in the fallow fields of friendship all these years. Can they possibly overcome?

I mean, yes. Of course they can. This is a goddamned rom-com people. It’s not rocket science. There’s no will they or won’t they, there’s just how much longer until they do. And with this movie, you kinda hope it’ll be a while because you’re just enjoying the ride so much. Or at least I was, and improbably, I believe Sean was too. So that’s two people who hate romcoms (Sean because he literally has no emotions and myself because I’ve literally had eyeball surgery after bursting a network of vessels when I rolled them too much) who have made an exception for this one.

Always Be My Maybe is funny, and not just because the title is a pessimistic twist on a 1990s Mariah Carey song. Ali Wong is of course a comedy genius, and she plays very well against Randall Park, who I’ve always thought of as more of a dry comedian, but he’s got a bigger bag of tricks than I ever knew, including a musical side AND a violent side – and while I love them both, by god, I loved them even more when combined (stay through the credits).

This movie has absolutely nothing new to add in the romance department but you’ll be so busy being taken by surprise by random lines funny enough to stay with you for weeks you won’t even care. The cast is charmingly quirky and features a cameo (in fact, a meaty little part) that will pretty much make your year. Always Be My Maybe is streaming on Netflix right now, and it’s not a maybe, it’s a full-on yes.

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11 thoughts on “Always Be My Maybe

  1. Brittani

    I have never heard of this but now I see it everywhere in my feed. I don’t like rom coms either, but if it’s funny, I’ll probably give it a shot.

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  2. selizabryangmailcom

    The random funny line factor is often a lifesaver for these kinds of movies.

    In This Is 40 (which wasn’t half-bad, I don’t think) I remember the daughter looking for something in her closet and suddenly just screaming, “I HATE MY LIFE” or something like that. But the way it came about and the way she did it was just hilarious instead of startling an annoying.

    Sounds like lots of moments in this movie like that too. I look forward to it!

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  3. sati

    I’m gonna disagree here, I thought it was dreadful and not funny at all, other than brilliant scenes with Keanu. His entrance was incredible

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  4. Liz A.

    Ah yes, I have only heard good things about this one. And the cameo is making a certain segment of Twitter quite happy.

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  5. peggyatthemovies

    Definitely a cute watch for sure… I had no idea that Keanu was going to show up..honestly, that made a big part of the film a lot better because you didn’t see it coming. it was just different and I like something that gives a good tweak to a formula film! ๐Ÿ™‚

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