Always Be My Maybe
This movie is directed by Nahnatchka Khan from a script cowritten by Ali Wong, Randall Park, and Michael Golamco. Wong and Park also play the central characters Sasha and Marcus, childhood friends who reconnect after not having seen each other for 15 years. The plot veers into a recognizable but sassy rom-com, full of wit and raunchy comeons. Marcus even verbally slaps Sasha at one point with “Asian food shouldn’t be so elevated,” in reference to what Sasha does in her successful restaurant. But it is Sasha’s attempt to recreate Marcus’s late mother’s recipe for Kimchi jjigae that once again proves that romantic cliché, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. There is a stellar Asian acting ensemble as well as Keanu Reeves, playing himself in an overinflated, pompous, and funny Zen transformation. The food is Asian and served in an upscale San Francisco restaurant. And here are six more movies you can savour as we slide toward spring: (1996), (2003), (2004), (2006), (2011), and (2018).