I just finished watching Netflix’s Always Be Maybe. I thought it would be the usual lazy Sunday fare. But it’s a little bit more than that.
Starring the brilliant Ali Wong and the adorable Randall Park, the movie got early raves prior to its debut. Now that it’s here and it’s all that I saw on my feed over the weekend, I had to watch it.
In the 1-hour and 42-minute runtime, it made me laugh and cry at so many different points, my sister had to ask me if I was okay. Not since the first 10 minutes of Up have I been this emotional. This is why we’re talking about it. Anything that merits this reaction from me deserves a listicle.
#1 Asian representation
It’s refreshing to see Asian-American leads in a rom-com movie on a major streaming service. They’re not the token characters, nor the disturbing punchline providers to the white man’s story. Hoping this is just a one-off thing or a trend that will fade. This is how we can find a way out of cultural appropriation and harmful stereotypes to tell accurate stories.
#2 Harry Kim
He’s not just a regular dad. He’s a cool dad.
#3 Sasha Tran can’t be tamed
The fault of many movies that have strong, independent female leads is how they insist that the woman needs to be “tamed” by their male counterparts. Always Be My Maybe isn’t a movie about a power career woman who finds the man who can domesticate her. It’s about how looking for your partner is always about looking for your equal.
#4 Real-life comedy
A funny Uber Pool situation, stalking our romantic interests on Facebook, words like “branding” among many other 2019 incidentals. They’re funny because they are actual snippets of our life.
#5 A peek into the lives of second/third generation immigrants
In the movie, details such as sprinkling sesame over rice, speaking in Cantonese to get better service at a dim sum restaurant to show how Asian culture thrives in a different climate, without the offensive portrayal.
#6 KEANU. REEVES.
I don’t need to explain.
#7 Veronica is every great sidekick EVER!
When we don’t stick the Asian friend as the token character/sidekick, good things happen. We get someone like Veronica. She is the relatable character with the most quotable lines.
I love how in this movie, the male lead gets the cheesy clothing transformation scene. And, yes, Keanu Reeves totally recommends Tom Ford.
#9 This song that you can easily memorize and feel gangsta AF
#10 “Sasha Tran, can I hold your purse for you?”
#girlssupportinggirls is awesome but #mensupportingwomen should also be a thing.