Always Be My Maybe

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Carried by the infectious charms of Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe takes familiar rom-com beats and cleverly layers in smart social commentary to find its own sweet groove.

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Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha, now a celebrity chef opening a restaurant in San Francisco, runs into Marcus, a happily struggling musician still living at home working for his dad.

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All Critics (70) | Top Critics (17)

  • Past the performances, the remarkable part of Always Be My Maybe is how the film inhabits Asian-American culture.

    Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Always Be My Maybe has that made-for-the-small-screen quality, almost a movie but not quite-it feels rushed, rough and a bit too casual, as if the script needed just another draft or two.

    Jun 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's not new, but it's just as powerful (and, yes, still funny) as it ever was.

    Jun 4, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • Netflix seems to have found its true purpose in original movie programming over the past year: clever, endlessly meme-able rom-coms meant to be watched on the floor in your weird pajamas.

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Rather, the screenplay - which was co-written by Wong and Par.k, with help from Michael Golamco - settles into a relaxed groove that allows its main characters to play at what they do best

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Always Be My Maybe hits all of the beats we have come to expect yet fails to do so well enough, as if the mere existence of a technically well-structured romantic comedy is better than nothing.

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Guardian
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Audience Reviews for Always Be My Maybe

  • 6d ago
    Ali Wong and Randall Park sparkle together in this cheesy, yet surprisingly delightful rom-com. Always Be My Maybe is unapologetic, charming and filled with heart to the core that will leave audience with warmth and laughter by the end of this Netflix original. 3.98/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2019
    A feel-good, must-see film, Always Be My Maybe soars above the rest of the romcom genre due to engaging leads, smart writing, excellent pacing, and a lot of heart.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2019
    Netflix has been on a streak of releasing very solid romantic comedies over the last couple of years. From Set It Up being one of their absolute best, to even enjoyable films like Someone Great or When We First Met, it almost feels like the home for the best romantic comedies is on Netflix these days. That's not a bad thing, because I just don't see many audience members flocking out to movies like this in the theatre anymore. I definitely see a change coming in the next five to ten years in terms of where certain genres will end up. With that said, Always Be My Maybe is Netflix's latest release in this genre and if this one doesn't make you smile, you're probably just not in the right mood to watch. Sasha and Marcus have been friends since childhood but eventually had a falling out in their teenage years. Slowly falling for each other once they land on their feet in their adult days, hilarity and drama ensue. While the premise itself isn't exactly something that people will be writing home about by the time 2019 comes to a close, this really is a film that puts its characters in the forefront, which made for a highly enjoyable little comedy. I was actually very happy I watched this film because it shed new light on Randall Park. Personally, I've always seen him popping up as the butt end of a joke in comedies and I never found him all that funny. Surprisingly, give him his own film and suddenly he shines brightly. I thought he did a fantastic job here as Marcus and having written the screenplay with his co-star Ali Wong probably added to the chemistry that leaps off the screen between the two of them. Wong is fantastic here as well, but my biggest complaint with this film is that there are times when I found myself disliking the actions of both characters, which did slightly hurt my enjoyment of the movie as a whole. Yes, by the time the film ends, everything falls into place nicely, but certain things didn't feel quite earned. From being rude to feeling slightly out of character at times, there are lines of dialogue that felt very off-putting. There were certain scenes that felt like a different film to me. Yes, most movies need low points and yes, arguments between characters are inevitable in a film like this, but some harsh things are said sometimes and are just brushed off later on. For that, I didn't quite love this movie as a whole, but don't let that make it seem like I didn't think it was a great movie nevertheless. In the end, Always Be My Maybe is a very sweet story that does play with a few cliches along the way and is very predictable by the third act, but with some solid characters, a scene-stealing cameo that is easily the highlight of the movie, and a feel-good premise, held together by a solid score and soundtrack, there were times when I just couldn't stop smiling. If you're looking for an easy feel-good movie to watch, I think this one is worth your time.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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