Have you had a best friend you’ve been in love with? Have you been able to tell them? Were you convinced that you guys were meant to be — that this was your one true love?
Well, if you’ve been in this situation, then ‘Always be my Maybe’ is the perfect movie for you. Directed by Nahnatchka Khan and written by Ali Wong, Randall Park, and Michael Golamco, Netflix brings yet another rom-com this month end, set to Mariah Carey’s hit song ‘Always Be My Maybe’.
Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman of Good Universe are producing with Wong and Park. Brendan Ferguson will serve as executive producer on the project. The movie, its setting and the release date seems almost like a great way to end Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. ‘ALways be my Maybe’ is set to have us laughing and feeling with the characters of Wong and Park as they navigate through the unpredictable ‘Friend Zone’.
Netflix has announced the release date as May 31 this year.
In ‘Always Be My Maybe’, childhood friends Sasha (Wong) and Marcus (Park) have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years. But when Sasha, now a celebrity chef in Los Angeles, returns to her hometown of San Francisco to open a new restaurant, she runs into her old pal — a happily complacent musician still living at home and working for his dad. Though the two are reluctant to reconnect, they soon find the old sparks — and maybe some new ones — are there.
Ali Wong plays the lead role of Sasha, who is a celebrity chef. An actress and a writer, Wong is known for her work in Netflix stand-up specials ‘Baby Cobra’ and ‘Hard Knock Wife’. She has also acted in ‘Black Box’, ‘American Housewife’, ‘Fresh off the Boat’ and ‘Tuca & Bertie’.
Randall Park plays the role of Marcus who is a musician who still lives with his dad. He is known for his work in ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’, ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Fresh Off the Boat’. He was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016.
Keanu Reeves plays the role of Sasha’s new flame in the movie. His first popular success was the role of Ted Logan in ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ (1989), ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ (2003), ‘The Lake House’ (2006), ‘Street Kings’ (2008), ‘Constantine’ (2005), ‘A Scanner Darkly’ (2006), and ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (2008). He is mostly famous for his work in ‘The Matrix’, ‘Speed’ and ‘John Wick’.
Daniel plays the role of Sasha’s fiance Brandon Choy. Daniel Dae Kim is known for his work in ‘Lost’, ‘Insurgent’ and ‘Hawaii Five-0’. He was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. In 2009, he was recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Achievement Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment, and has twice been named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive”.
The trailer starts with Sasha, a celebrity chef who is going places and is known to make big changes in the culinary world. She graces the cover of Food & Wine magazine as Los Angeles’s Best New Chef! She’s engaged to Daniel Dae Kim, who is extremely attractive! But when she returns home to San Francisco to help launch a restaurant, she bumps into Marcus (Randall Park), a childhood friend with whom she had previously done some bumping into during a fateful night in the back of his crappy car in 2003. We have fireworks — a cutesy montage of scenes involving Sasha and Marcus — while Mariah Carey’s third-best song of all-time provides viewers with an endorphin rush in the background. But the last 30 seconds of the trailer introduces a genuinely wonderful twist, when none other than Keanu Reeves, emerges as Wong’s lusty last-minute love interest.
“Always Be My Maybe” feels a lot like a movie propped up by a stunt, a high-gloss romantic comedy so mired in triteness and unconvincing emotions that its main recommendation is the appealing diversity of its cast.