I'm not going to lie, this movie's title being so similar to the hit Mariah Carey song did help convince me to watch this somewhat. Regardless of how you discover this Netflix romcom, though, it's worth checking out.
Ali Wong plays Sasha Tran in "Always Be My Maybe," a very successful celebrity chef who grew up in San Francisco. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she was best friends with Marcus (Randall Park), although the two grew distant at the end of high school.
Fast forward to the present and Sasha is preparing to go back to her roots and open a new restaurant in San Francisco. During her stay there to get the business operational, she reconnects with Marcus. Although the two have moved in different directions in life, they once again find themselves hanging out together, to the point where they consider a relationship.
"Maybe" can't claim to be the most original romcom out there. Two characters coming together for a relationship from very different backgrounds and/or philosophies isn't exactly groundbreaking. But the execution here is so spot on in so many ways that a person doesn't really mind.
The writing is really strong here, with much of the humor able to produce laughs and the emotional moments feeling earned. It's hard not to be won over by what this movie does in how it portrays the main relationship and the comedy related.
The variety of comedy is also a plus, with jokes and jabs referencing concepts from Millennial/Generation X culture to the status of celebrities. It helps immensely in preventing repetitive humor, which can wear thin.
The film is also greatly benefited from two fantastic leads. Wong and Park, who're already known for their comedic work, give fantastic, relatable performances. As expected, they nail the comedic delivery, but they're also rather convincing during the more serious sequences, too.
Stealing the show, even with limited screen time, though, is Keanu Reeves. In the movie, Reeves plays an exaggerated version of himself and it is downright hilarious. The movie's cast is rounded out with some other solid performances, too, such as James Saito as Marcus' father, Michelle Buteau as Sasha's assistant.
"Always Be My Maybe" isn't perfect. It's story still runs into some familiar territory and a few things could've been expanded on, such as Sasha's strained relationship with her parents. However, the movie is just so charming and enjoyable to the point where some flaws can be forgiven. 4.25 out of 5.