Always Be My Maybe
Starring: Randall Park, Ali Wong
Even though it was a cold February day, I was watching this movie with a smile on my face and the warmest heart ever! It just makes you feel good about life and love, and the fact that even though life takes us through many twists and turns, we always end up right where we belong.
Sasha Chan and Marcus Kim were best friends since childhood. They were neighbors. Sasha’s parents weren’t home a lot and she was left to fend for herself, including fixing her own dinner. (It was amazing what she could do with Spam and rice!) Many nights Marcus’s mom would have her come to their house and help her cook and then eat dinner with them. In many ways, they were more like family to her than her own parents.
Sasha and Marcus were constant companions even though their teenage years. Until one unfortunate day an argument ensued, and they parted ways, never to speak to each other again. Sasha went on to become a famous chef owning fancy restaurants where only the elite dined. Marcus never left home. His mother passed away unexpectedly and in his grief of losing her, as well as his best friend, he claimed that he was his father’s “caretaker” even though his dad was not in need of such a thing. He also continued to play in a band that he had been the leader of since high school. In essence, his life hadn’t really changed at all while Sasha’s life had become a red-carpet walking life that most people only dream of.
Sasha decided to open a new restaurant in San Francisco where she had grown up. She rented a house in an upscale neighborhood which is where she became reunited with Marcus – when he and his dad came to service the air conditioner in her rented home.
The two became friendly again and eventually became romantically involved. That is until it was time for Sasha to leave for New York to open yet another restaurant. She wanted Marcus to join her. He wanted nothing of it. As she was leaving, she accused Marcus of hiding from life and never living. He accused her of not living either, because her “living” a life that wasn’t really her. It was full of glamour and fakeness, everything that the real Sasha was not. Everyone could see that these two were meant for each other ….. but could they?
Life takes twists and turns and has ups and downs. We make right decisions as well as wrong ones every day. It’s through all these challenges that we learn about ourselves and what makes us who we are. The truth is that we all grow and change, but in the end, true love and friendship will always prevail. We just have to let it!