Childhood friends who live right next door to each other grow closer and closer until they become teenagers and share one night that makes it exceedingly awkward for the rest of their lives. As time passes the two split up and move away from each one another. Fast forward to present day, Sasha (Ali Wong) is now a proud owner of some restaurants. At the same time, Marcus (Randell Park) regularly performs with his band as well as helping his father install air conditioning units. Naturally, the two bump into each other and begin to reconnect, sharing things from the past and their present.
I have seen Ali Wong do live stand up on Netflix, and she usually is flipping hilarious- crude, but entertaining. Naturally, with this being her 1st role in a full feature film, I was excited to see what she could bring to the screen. To my surprise, Ali Wong is toned down in regards to personality and delivers more of a kind-hearted role instead of just yelling and being crude. People, she is acting, and she has done well! It was great to see her act.
Our leads are delightful to see on screen, and I was amazed at how believable they were together as a couple. I also enjoyed all the other side characters around the main characters.
To top it off, this film also gives one of the most random and surprising cameos I have ever seen in a movie. The spotlight is shared with the actor Keanu Reeves, who plays … Keanu Reeves. I found his presence during the film an absolute crack up as he makes fun of himself. But! Fans will be disappointed when he disappears after his approx—15 minutes of screen time.
As a comedy, this film did remind me a little bit of Crazy Rich Asians (2018) with the film making many jokes about Asian culture, clothing and food. The runtime is a slight drag, plus as a plot, it’s nothing overly new nor is the humour anything next level. The film also brings drug references, including a character smoking pot and little elements like these, didn’t need to be in the movie. However, if you’re seeking something light in regards to plot and humour, this is worth your attention either way.
Overall, Always Be My Baby is an essential and straightforward rom-com which many Netflix users will enjoy. It has a small amount of giggles; some light-hearted moments and a surprising (yet random) cameo from actor Keanu Reeves. With these factors added up, the film is something fairly positive but still nothing overly new in regards to both plot and humour—worth a look.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden