The movie pushes the envelope and stands out with plenty of comedic, awkward, and enjoyable moments.
No, it does not contain any of those fantasy elements that we love, but it does touch on a seriously adorable love story that will leave you feeling happy. Instead of capturing the typical cheesy rom-com plotline, the movie pushes the envelope and stands out with plenty of comedic, awkward, and enjoyable moments.
What I loved most about this movie was that, instead of hyper-focusing on the love story (which there was plenty of), there is more of a focus on connecting with one's roots. The plot of Always Be My Maybe is also family-oriented and includes Mr. Kim, Marcus' dad, for the entirety of the movie.
The movie was so good that halfway through the trailer I pressed play and began watching ... I'm not kidding! Always Be My Maybe was hilarious and fun to watch.
Here's the trailer:
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**Warning** Spoilers Ahead
What I Didn't Like
Not a single thing ... let's keep this train rolling.
What I Liked
Plain and simple. I loved the writing, acting, plot line, different take on a rom-com, and comedy gold. Always Be My Maybe has every element of a romantic comedy that we look for (love story, conflict, man troubles, family troubles, etc.), however, it's so much more than that.
The film puts the woman in the strong, honest, go-getter role and paints a refreshing and realistic idea of love. The film focuses on forgiveness and growth, flipping the switch on the damsel in distress idea. Instead of painting the typical love story where the couple falls in love after just a few dates (who really does, anyway?), the film reunites two long-lost best friends together after 16 years and includes all the icky parts of dating and reconnecting with your roots.
Ali Wong (love her) is my favorite part of this movie. She plays a powerful celebrity chef, Sasha Tran, who moved away and took control of her life. Instead of being shy and relying on a man for love, she focused on her career, went after when she wanted, and spoke her mind, especially when she reunites with Marcus (Randall Park). Sasha is straightforward and honest with him, trying to break him out of his comfort zone and guide him to live his life.
Always Be My Maybe centers around Marcus' and Sasha's true feelings for each other, as more than friends, and sheds a very bright light on speaking your mind and following your dreams. This was extremely refreshing to see because the plotline wasn't as predictable as the typical romantic comedy.
Just look how supportive Sasha is of Marcus; it really warms my heart!
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The movie sends a powerful message of "you do you," allowing the main characters to be goofy, weird, and fun, rather than stiff and throwing themselves at the first person they see. The film touches on the hardships of dating, especially when Sasha dumps her fiancé and then seeks out a dating life, choosing another jerk.
Did I mention that Keanu Reeves is in this movie? It's completely random, but he's in it – he also plays himself, but elevated (weird). He was absolutely hysterical in this film ... he had me cracking up constantly. He played Sasha's self-centered love interest who takes her and her friends, Marcus, and his girlfriend Jenny, out to a very fancy restaurant, which they are not accustomed to.
They end up eating a $6,400 meal (...what?) that allows you to hear the sounds of the animal you are about to eat. This scene was absolutely hysterical. I lost it while Keanu was eating the cow (?) because he just sobs "I'm sorry," takes a bite of food, and continues to cry. Seriously, we don't deserve Keanu Reeves.
Just look at him walking in slow motion!
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Overall, Always Be My Maybe is the romantic comedy we need this summer! There are plenty of moments that deserve mentioning, but I don't intend to ruin it for you.
I give this film a 10/10!
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