Stream tip: "Always Be My Maybe"
Always Be My Maybe
This Netflix rom-com is frothy and fun — just what you want a rom-com to be. Ali Wong and Randall Park play childhood besties who fall out of touch after they have sex in their teens. The film circles back around to them as adults, when she has become a celebrity chef and he is still living with his father, working in the family heating/venting company, and playing in his not-very-successful band. When she returns to their hometown of San Francisco, they tentatively reestablish their friendship. Sometimes “Always Be My Maybe” feels a bit too sitcommy, but there is still much to recommend it. Wong and Park co-wrote the script with Michael Golamco, and if we know where the plot is headed, that's OK: there are witty lines, amusing situations and gentle camaraderie among the actors along the way. The supporting cast is pretty great, led by Michelle Buteau, James Saito, Daniel Dae Kim and Vivian Bang. One more thing: a famous person shows up, but I won’t spoil the surprise by saying more. Just know it’s one of the best parts of the movie.
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