What ever happened to the one that got away? Nahnatchka Khan’s first feature explores this popular rom-com trope with fresh eyes. Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) were childhood sweethearts until life got in the way and they drifted apart. Fifteen years later, Sasha is a wealthy celebrity chef while Marcus plays in a shitty band, smokes a lot of weed, and still lives with his dad. It’s a breath of fresh air to see patriarchal power dynamics reversed, but the film’s treatment of class is surface-level: even though it should be integral to the plot, it’s never directly addressed and falls by the wayside. No matter what, though, Wong and Park’s chemistry will charm the pants off of you—and the film’s sheer gusto makes it one of the more memorable additions in Netflix’s batch of otherwise safe romantic comedies.
Always Be My Maybe
PG-13 • 1 hour 41 min