Words by: Stephanie Rizzo
Netflix is bringing the heat this May, delivering us a fly-off-the-seat-of-your-pants-funny and totally heartwarming romantic comedy, Always Be My Maybe. Yes you heard correct - even the (drama) Queen herself, Mariah Carey gave the film and its title a shout out on Twitter as a play on her 1995 song “Always Be My Baby”, so you better believe it’s going to be good. Or at least better than Carey’s, Glitter.
Starring the ultimate funny-woman, Ali Wong as Sasha, a celebrity chef in LA, her smoking-hot fiance, Brendon Choi (Daniel Dae Kim), childhood sweetheart, Marcus (Randall Park) and just because Wong’s a freakin’ badass, we get a good dose of the sexiest character Keanu Reeves has ever played, neatly completing this romantic quadrangle.
Wong and Park co-wrote and star in the film as childhood sweethearts that broke up after high school only to serendipitously meet again fifteen years later, so the films tropes is albeit, familiar. The story however, is told through fresh eyes by Nahnatchka Khan in her directorial debut with cutting edge visuals and a backdrop that’ll send you straight to foodie heaven.
The film delivers a genuine brilliance, turning the romantic comedy genre on its head with hilariously witty writing and a diverse cast that features two Asian-Americans in lead roles. Reinforcing Wong’s contribution to the diversity conversation in film and TV.
So, will Sasha and her ex bff fall madly in love and live happily ever after? Won’t they?! Argh, the suspense is killing us. Hurry up Netflix and let us know for the love of love! Check out the trailer below for a sneak peak.