One of the Netflix originals we all like to enjoy on a Saturday night in, their Always Be My Maybe film is one I didn’t see off the shiny new block, but it’s a pretty cute story.
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Netflix Review
Renowned for her award-winning cuisine and high-end restaurant, Sasha Tan (Ali Wong) is a popular celebrity with connections. Before the red carpet, she was just a girl living in San Francisco next door to her best friend, Marcus. But some 15 years ago, things ended badly between them. Now Sasha is back in San Francisco from Los Angeles, all to open a new restaurant.
This brings Marcus (Randall Park) back into her life, which forces both of them to reevaluate their lives, both past and present.
When it comes to new RomComs, Netflix seems the place we tend to be drawn to in recent years. The only drawback is there isn’t enough of them! This one is the creative brainchild of its star, Ali Wong and her co-star. Always Be My Maybe is one of those movies that hooks the viewer from the adorable opening credits, and for the most part, it “keeps” us.
First, let me get something out of the way that’s less than glow-y. I must confess I don’t like the leading man. He’s in need of growing up when first we meet him (as an adult) and that’s ok if throughout the script he’d show change. Sadly, as a result of how his character is written (or played?) I cannot take him seriously. It’s Ali Wong who really surprises me – in all the good ways. American Housewife is all I know her from and there she plays a ridiculous albeit hilarious character. Here she plays someone easy to like and take serious while still being able to flex her natural “funny girl” talents, which is what she does best.
Despite my “meh” feelings for the leading man (and they are serious), I did enjoy this film. It’s fun and full of cute moments, and I appreciate that Sasha owns what her life is. So many of these movies change their characters in a way that isn’t “bad” (meaning it’s not their character that should change, but they change their lifestyle because it’s meant to be a “bad” connotation). Her character is a new favorite, and certainly someone who likes independent female characters will be able to champion.
Even with my complaints, I do find Always Be My Maybe to be a fun little film. Imperfect and flawed in many ways, the movie ends up being a sweet little romantic comedy and one I would re-watch if the fancy strikes.
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Content: There’s language including one f-word, and quite a bit of crude humor/suggestive content [including losing ones virginity]. Always Be My Maybe film is TV-14.