‘Always Be My Maybe’ shines brightest when it’s weirdest

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When this reporter some movie fans learned that comedians Ali Wong and Randall Park were teaming up to write and star in a rom-com, the reaction was effectively “inject it directly into my veins.”

Their Netflix outing Always Be My Maybe, directed by Fresh Off the Boat‘s Nahnatchka Khan, doesn’t defy genre conventions, but it feels like a triumph nonetheless. The film thrives in embracing its own weirdness and showcasing its writer-stars, which is all we wanted out of it anyway.

Always Be My Maybe is the story of Sasha (Wong) and Marcus (Park), two childhood best friends who reunite over a decade after an awkward sexual encounter. The film forgoes unpacking this in the interest of time; it’s right after the sudden death of Marcus’s mom, who was more of a mother to Sasha than she ever felt her own was. It dissolves a decade of friendship in mere minutes and ends with Sasha storming out, the sting of a rejected crush erasing any instinct to be there for a grieving friend or keep in touch at all moving forward. Read more…

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