Always Be My Maybe is the story of Sasha and Marcus, lifelong friends whose lives are dealt a painful blow that causes them to lose contact for over a decade. Sasha grows up to be a world famous Chef, while Marcus lives with his father and has a band that has never left the block he lives on.
They are brought back together and struggle to get their friendship back on track. Of course, there are several impediments towards rekindling their romantic feelings.
And, honestly? Always Be My Maybe feels like it should be a real lackluster affair. It crosses every “t” and dots every “i” of the Rom Com formula. It never really holds any surprises….and yet?
Always Be My Maybe succeeds. A lot of this is due to the cast. Park and Wong have a real chemistry (no doubt from a longstanding friendship). They feel like they have been long time friends. And their supporting cast is great. James Saito is heartwarming and kind as the father to Park’s Marcus. Michelle Buteau is the assistant to Wong’s Sasha (and an old friend of Marcus’ as well) who is both warmly friendly and a bit of attitude, without tipping into Sassy Friend stereotypes.
And Keanu Reeves… well, he is great.
The film does have some pacing issues, but nothing that really overwhelmed the film for me.
Always Be My Maybe rises up to make a solid and enjoyable Rom Com.