always be my maybe cast waiter – Com With A Twist — Ethnicity Isn’t Central To The Plot

Anyway, he’s far more likable here.) Sasha and Michael are self-centered, egotistical characters that can’t see past their own noses enough to truly care about other people. Wong: I don’t think Randall is going to have to do much.

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Always Be My MaybeAli Wong and Randall Park in Always Be My Maybe. Park wrote the lyrics he performed in the film and even got the help of Bay Area rapper like Lyrics Born, who portrays Marcus’ band mate, and Dan the Automator. You’ve said the thing you learned from Ali Wong was that she told you, “You do you,” and this movie is you.


As for the Netflix offering’s special guest star, well, you may have heard who it is. If you have — he shows up for a very funny 10-15 minutes as a celebrity fling of Sasha’s — knowing the actor’s identity won’t really mess things up for you. It’s my favorite satiric portrait of celebrity ego since Michael Cera in This is the End,” or maybe back to Bill Murray in Zombieland.” No zombies here: In every good way, thanks primarily to Wong and Park and their chemistry, Always Be My Maybe” is pure commercial product, yet it feels authentically alive where it counts.

We thought, OK, well, there is a period in the script where Marcus is about to confess his love for Sasha. What would be Marcus’ worst nightmare? Super iconic, famous, successful, gorgeous, but also extremely talented, and a great actor. Also someone who can do comedy really well. Also, someone whose willing to poke fun at themselves. Keanu was our dream get. But we thought there was no way we would get him. What were the chances? You write a script, and you have Keanu playing Keanu. There’s no way.

Netflix is no stranger to the rom-com. In the past year alone, it’s cranked out so many that people across the internet have hailed the service’s ” rom-com revival” Its experience with food shows is similarly well-traversed, from the high-drama Chef’s Table to the homey Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. It’s no surprise, then, that Netflix has brought the two together in the much-anticipated Always Be My Maybe, directed by Nahnatchka Khan of Fresh Off the Boat.

The movie shined most when it delivered quick, one-line zingers, or when it was purposefully satirical. The best scene happens when Marcus, his hippie girlfriend (Vivian Bang), Sasha, and Keanu Reeves (portraying a pretentious, overzealous version of himself) are dining in a high-end, avant-garde restaurant. The scene allows Park and Wong to play off each other in a comical, organic way, while cementing the fact that Marcus and Sasha live in two different worlds. It’s worth mentioning that Reeves is hilarious in his cameo, and his scenes have been so memorable that they’ve already been meme-ified across the internet.

Always Be My Maybe is proudly nakedly persistently frothy and entertaining. It tells the story of Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) who are neighbours since childhood. Their kinship is undeniable from the word go. And that they would finally come together is not a spoiler. It’s a no brainer. The pleasure here lies not in the destination but the journey as the couple goes from being mean to one another to meaning something special to one another.

As Mashable’s Proma Khosla noted in her review of Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe, it might be a wonderful thing to live in a world so inclusive that an Asian-American-lead rom-com supported by a staff of powerful women isn’t doomed to withstand endless questions on inequality and discrimination for the entirety of its press tour.

Sixteen years later, Sasha is a superstar chef with a hit Los Angeles restaurant and another on the way in San Francisco. When her equally famous partner Brandon ( Daniel Dae Kim ) decides that he’d like to try out a trial separation before getting married, she returns home alone to the Bay Area for the opening, only to reconnect with Marcus, who’s now making a living installing heating systems with his father Harry ( James Saito ). Where Sasha has grown into a driven, decisive woman, Marcus is still playing in the same struggling band and dealing with the same anxieties he was as a teenager. But from the moment they reconnect, it’s clear that what once existed between them is still there, even after all this time. The question is whether either can let go of the things that ruined it all the first time around.

That’s the beauty of Sasha and Marcus’ relationship: They bring out the best in each other. Sasha helps Marcus realize his talent as a musician who can stand on his own feet, and Marcus reminds Sasha of who she was and still is. The conflict — because a rom-com always has one — comes from whether their relationship will hamper Sasha’s professional journey. It’s the age-old conundrum that asks whether a woman can have it all, while it assumes a man definitely can.


At least that’s what his character Marcus does in the new rom-com Always Be My Maybe” (streaming Friday on Netflix, in select theaters now). Park stars and wrote the screenplay with co-star Ali Wong and Michael Golamco. Romantic-comedy film “Always Be My Maybe” is top-billed by Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz.

Below, I review the movie with my fiancé, Jiayong Li (Twitter: @jlicomedy). We’re both comedians, so a romantic comedy written by and starring two Asian American comedians feels like it was made for us. Because it’s an Asian American story, Always Be My Maybe is contextually richer than even the best romcoms that have come before, like When Harry Met Sally or Boomerang. There’s deep cultural relatability we’ve never before seen in American art, and more than a few refreshing social critiques.Always Be My Maybe

In August 2018, several films with Asian American leads were released within days of each other: Crazy Rich Asians, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Searching. It seemed that Asians were having a cultural moment, which some people dubbed #AsianAugust While some critics voiced concerns about #AsianAugust being a passing trend , its momentum still continues almost a year later. Warner Bros. is developing a sequel to Crazy Rich Asians ; in December, Marvel announced that it was working on Shang-Chi , the studio’s first film led by an Asian protagonist; and next month, Lulu Wang’s Sundance hit The Farewell, which centers a Chinese family, will hit theaters.

He improvised so much, and a lot of it made it into the movie,” says Park. For example, there’s a line that came from Reeves where the actor reveals that the glasses he’s wearing don’t even have lenses. My eyes are perfect. These are for a part,” Reeves riffed.

In fact, it feels much more 1990s than 2019. Notably, it reintroduced Keanu Reeves as the internet’s boyfriend Taking its name from Mariah Carey’s mid-1990s hit Always Be My Baby,” the film reimagines When Harry Met Sally” for a more politically correct generation without pandering to social justice warriors.

One of the most acclaimed pieces of Asian cinema of all time, In the Mood for Love is a masterful study in love behind closed doors, tracking the emotional affair between two people who realise their spouses are having an affair together. Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung are exceptional in the lead roles as two soulmates struggling to contain their desire. In 2016, the film was voted the second-best film of the 21st century in a BBC critics poll.

When Marcus and Sasha reconnect, Marcus quickly becomes insecure about his job and class status, a divide that’s widened by the types of food they eat and how they eat them. At a $6,400 dinner, for example—in a modern restaurant called Maximal, where one dish is edible bubbles—it’s immediately clear that Marcus hasn’t attained the same markers of success that Sasha has. Food is the way that Sasha tries to get Marcus out of his rut, but as she tries to pull him into monochromatic meals and conceptual dinners, Marcus resists in concept, in cost, and in taste. He thinks food should be affordable and straightforward; he wants his Asian food “authentic” like his mother’s, not “elevated” like Sasha’s.

Riding on the success, to some degree, of last year’s hit Crazy Rich Asians,” and Fresh off the Boat,” which was recently renewed for a sixth season, Always Be My Maybe” takes a more laid-back approach to the subtext of ethnicity and assimilation than either of those projects. And its story is more about gender roles than racial identity anyway. The fact that Park is Korean American, and Wong of Chinese and Vietnamese background, is hardly the point.


Two childhood friends go for 16 years without seeing each other until they wind up reconnecting as adults, and at very different points in their lives. While Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) is a successful celebrity chef, Marcus Kim (Randall Park) still lives with his dad and plays in the same band he was in from high school. While everyone else always saw them winding up together, the idea had gone largely unexplored by the two until they start spending time together again.

Fortunately, the film doesn’t end on that note. Just before the credits roll, there is a wonderful scene that shows Sasha reconnecting with her roots. Even if the leading characters don’t quite convince as a couple, Always Be My Maybe’s proud and prominent cultural side makes it stand out from your standard rom-com.

That stunt is a wonderfully self-deprecating appearance by Keanu Reeves, but we’ll get to him in a moment. The early scenes, set in San Francisco in the 1990s, have a charming ease as young Sasha (Miya Cech), a lonely only child, finds solace at the home of her friend and neighbor, Marcus (Emerson Min). The enticing Korean meals cooked by Marcus’s mother (Susan Park) are especially consoling, so it’s no surprise to find the adult Sasha (the dauntingly confident Ali Wong) swanning around Los Angeles as a glitzy celebrity chef.

First, let’s go ahead and address this. Yes, our leads are Asian. But what I appreciated most about this film was this reality was all but allowed to exist in the periphery. In a general sense, it’s a nonentity. It’s normal. Not altogether novel or something to be heralded for being inclusive or progressive. It just is. Certainly, core to the identity of these characters are their cultures, family values, and the places they grew up and yet it remains the same for all of us. These are their lives. This is their experience.

We thought, OK, well, there is a period in the script where Marcus is about to confess his love for Sasha. What would be Marcus’ worst nightmare? Super iconic, famous, successful, gorgeous, but also extremely talented, and a great actor. Also someone who can do comedy really well. Also, someone whose willing to poke fun at themselves. Keanu was our dream get. But we thought there was no way we would get him. What were the chances? You write a script, and you have Keanu playing Keanu. There’s no way.

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