Sometimes a good romantic comedy is just what the doctor ordered. Just a good one … moderately diverting, reasonably plotted, but always with sparkling performances by appealing actors that can get you past whatever shortcomings the film might have.

We’ve had a dearth of good romantic comedies lately. Nora Ephron, who with movies like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail gave us the most recent gold standard of the genre, has passed away. Nancy Meyers is pretty good, but hasn’t made a movie in awhile.

Which is one of the reasons that Always Be My Maybe is welcome. It isn’t a great movie, but it does offer a pair of enormously appealing performances by Randall Park and Ali Wong that make the film work better than it has any right to.

Park and Wong play childhood friends who eventually became lovers until they separated acrimoniously … Wong became an enormously successful chef and restaurateur, while Park suffered from a lack of ambition and pretty much tread water in his life and career. Fate - as it always does in romantic comedies - throws them together as adults, and the movie is about how their relationship is rekindled in fits and starts.

As good as they are, though, I must say that the best reason to see the movie is Keanu Reeves, who plays a kind of bizarro version of himself in what essentially is an extended cameo that absolutely steals the film - he just picks up the movie, tucks it under his arm, and walks away with it.

Always Be My Maybe has gotten a lot of attention for what some say is its groundbreaking use of Asian-Americans in lead roles, but while that strikes me as a fair observation, I’m happy to recommend it just because the movie works all on its own. It is available on Netflix, not theaters, and serves as a great argument for why some films are perfect for streaming services - it isn’t overly ambitious or cinematic, but it is a diverting movie for home viewing. That isn’t faint praise, by the way … I love that these kinds of films have a place where they can be seen, giving voice to actors and directors and writers who might otherwise not get the opportunity.



As I think I’ve mentioned to you, we’re on a bit of a rosé tear in our house … and I’m pleased to turn you on to the 2018 Summer in a Bottle Rosé, which is from Wolffer Estate vineyards on Long Island in New York State. It is a lovely blend of Merlot, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Cabernet Franc, and is wonderful with seafood or a nice crisp salad.



Back Monday. Have a great weekend.

Slàinte!