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Film Review: Always Be My Maybe

Childhood friends Marcus Kim (Randall Park) and Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) meet again after 16 years. They were once best friends, but after their fallout following their first sex, they pursued entirely different lives. Sasha is now a successful celebrity chef and Marcus is a stoner and a local band frontman working for his dad’s air conditioning business.

I love Ali Wong because she isn’t afraid to be abrasive or even raunchy. Sasha Tran had none of that. Just a sharp, successful woman, who even has a “phone voice.” The character felt muted. Not at all what I wanted from Wong. I liked Marcus’s character, but I just didn’t feel the chemistry between the two main (adult) characters. The young children characters definitely had the connection, but once it got to the 18-year-olds, it just wasn’t there anymore.

The entirety of Keanu Reeves’s appearance was odd and even cringey. I mean I guess the absurdity was the point of the character, but it didn’t do anything for me. And the movie already had a cringey character, Jenny. Having both of them was just too much yikes. As someone who easily suffers from vicarious embarrassment while watching TV or movies, I was very turned off.

The movie definitely had some great funny moments, but it wasn’t enough for me. Maybe my expectations were too high. But Wong is one of my favourite comedians and Park is the star of Fresh Off the Boat. I thought I would laugh more. The only thing I really liked about this movie was the songs by Marcus’s band Hello Peril.

Maybe rom-coms just aren’t for me, but I feel like Always Be My Maybe was neither romantic or comedic. I am sad to say that I didn’t like Always Be My Maybe as much as I wanted to.

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