21 hours ago
ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE
“My spanx are on backwards and the pee-flap lines up with the wrong hole"
This film is unwilling to stick to a traditional rom com structure, which is admirable to a degree, but it just ends up with the main characters flip-flopping several times between liking each other and not liking each other, as opposed to just once. Tried and tested structures don't become tried and tested unless they work. Randall Park is stuck in a classic 'afraid to push himself' story, which makes some sense for his character, but for once I'd love to see a character in a film being content with their work and not feel the need to pursue stardom. That'd be refreshing. Ali Wong's character is pretty flawless, aside from kind of being a workaholic, but but that's only treated as a flaw by the male character in one of their manufactured conflict scenes, but by the end he has to apologise to her and admit that she's perfect and was right all along and he needs to change to fit her (it's like an episode of New Girl or something). At one point, a character describes her thusly: “Sasha is Sasha. There’s no one like her and you know it” which says to me that the film itself doesn’t know who she is. There's other, interesting story threads that are dangled throughout, but either forgotten or wrapped up unsatisfactorily (she has an unfair downer on her childhood, her beef with her parents). Both start with other relationships that end incredibly abruptly, like they couldn't be bothered to work out a logical break up scene for them. I will say that there were some good lines, and the big cameo is very funny, and I really enjoyed the straightforwardness of the guy’s dad, played by James Saito. But overall this falls into the overstuffed category of 'meh rom coms'.
2 tennis balls out of 5
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