The Too-Worldly Ali: “Always Be My Maybe”

It is harmful to the Netflix-produced romantic comedy, Always Be My Maybe (2019), that the female lead, Ali Wong, has no charm.  Randall Park, the male lead, does, and so do a few of the other actors, notably the winsome Vivian Bang (as Jenny).  But Wong is too worldly for charm—a real blow to a fundamentally good-natured movie.  Often funny and even clever, it is nevertheless one of the most inconsequential comedies I’ve seen.  It is utterly wispy, not even edgy.  It would probably help if character here was more developed, more incisive, than it is.

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