31 August 2019

Weekend Cooking: Always Be My Maybe (Movie)

Review: Always Be My Maybe (Movie)I'm always on the look-out for a good foodie movie, so couldn't resist trying Always Be My Maybe (Netflix, dir. Nahnatchka Khan, 2019), starring Ali Wong and Randall Park.

This cute rom-com is about how childhood neighbors and friends went from BFFs to virtual strangers after high school graduation. Sixteen years later they are united again by chance . . . and you can generally guess the rest.

Sasha Tran grew up with hardworking parents who weren't around much, so she spent a lot of her time next door with Marcus Kim and his parents. Sasha always loved to cook and eventually became a celebrity chef, opening restaurants throughout the United States.

Marcus loved music, started a high school band, and became a popular local rap musician. He, however, chose to stay home after high school to live and work with his widowed father. Marcus is more cautious than Sasha and feels a strong sense of responsibility for his dad.

Review of Always Be My Maybe (Movie)By the time they meet up again, when Sasha is back in San Francisco to open her latest restaurant, she's rich and famous and Marcus is content but not at all rich or famous. I liked the way Marcus still saw her as his childhood best friend and that Sasha didn't snub him. Their relationship seemed realistic, both as kids and as adults. Other themes of Always Be My Maybe had to do with friendship, family, and following one's dream.

 There wasn't a whole lot of food porn in Always Be My Maybe, but I had to laugh at the $6400 dinner (paid for my Keanu Reeves's character), with its multiple pretentious courses. Still, I enjoyed the movie for its restaurant and cooking underlayer and especially for the diverse cast; in fact, Reeves, who a plays a parody of himself, is one of the few white people in the entire film.

Is Always Be My Maybe utterly predictable? Yes. But is it fun? Also a yes if you like rom-coms. If you're looking for a light foodie-type movie for a relaxing evening, give this Netflix Original a go. Here's the trailer (warning: adult language and themes):

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rhapsodyinbooks 8/31/19, 6:21 AM  

This does sound like fun. I too would like that Marcus and Sasha related to each other as they used to instead of as a celebrity with a non-celebrity. Thanks for the recommendation!

Mae Travels 8/31/19, 7:31 AM  

Thanks for reviewing this ... I had no idea of what it was about.

Sorry, my first post is incorrect: it's my last month wrap up instead of this month.

best... mae

Tina 8/31/19, 7:47 AM  

Sometimes predictable is fine for a cute movie, sounds very entertaining.

gluten Free A_Z Blog 8/31/19, 7:53 AM  

I'll have to go back. I started to watch this movie on Netflix and turned it off after a few minutes. Will give another try on your recommendation. Thanks for hosting another Saturday Weekend Cooking - I look forward to it each week.

Jackie McGuinness 8/31/19, 7:57 AM  

This has been on my to watch list for a while.
Quiet week here.
Just made apple crisp this morning for breakfast and because we have a bag of apples to use up! And John complained we had nothing sweet in the house for afternoon coffee.

Vicki 8/31/19, 9:57 AM  

I watched this movie a few months ago and loved it!

Deb in Hawaii 8/31/19, 1:07 PM  

This one has been on my "to-watch" list. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

Heidenkind 9/1/19, 12:04 AM  

I loved this movie, and Keanu Reeve’s cameo was HILARIOUS. I also loved the song at the end where he brags about punching Neo 😂

Daryl 9/1/19, 12:59 PM  

sounds like a good escape reality movie ... have you seen Eat, Drink, Man, Woman? just about any Ang Lee film is a good one ...

Nan 9/2/19, 10:42 AM  

I have the movie in my queue. I knew I wanted to see it, but didn't know there was food! All the better!

Stacie 9/3/19, 11:05 PM  

I hadn't even heard of this movie. Now I want to see it! Thanks for sharing about it!

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