Song of the Day #3,996: ‘Tennis Ball’ – Hello Peril

NetFlix has become the unofficial home of the romantic comedy, and I think that’s just great.

Would movies like Set It Up, Ali’s Wedding, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before or The Incredible Jessica James ever have found a home, let alone an audience, on the big screen? And do they really need to? I’d argue these movies play even better while cuddled on the couch with a bowl of microwave popcorn.

Yes, the platform is also responsible for the horrific The Kissing Booth, but I’ll let that one slide.

The latest NetFlix rom-com is Always Be My Maybe, written by and starring the hilarious Randall Park and Ali Wong and directed by Nahnatchka Khan. The film is helmed by a woman of color and stars two Asian leads but its diversity is refreshingly beside the point. As in the wonderful To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the characters’ ethnicity is crucial to who they are as people but basically irrelevant to the plot.

The story is pretty basic. Two childhood best friends drift apart after sleeping together and are reunited years later. She is now a celebrity chef, while he works for his dad’s A/C repair company and fronts a hip-hop band called (quite cleverly) Hello Peril. They reunite, hijinks ensue, you know the drill.

The film is elevated by the comic chops of Park and Wong, two gifted performers (he is best known for Fresh Off the Boat and the Ant-Man sequel, she for her stand-up specials). I laughed a lot, even though I got the impression the actors were holding back from a full-on comedic assault for the sake of the plot.

The movie is fine, if mostly forgettable, but one extended sequence makes it a must-watch. It involves a celebrity cameo that I won’t spoil here, though it has gotten enough press at this point that it’s hard to consider a secret. I enjoyed those scenes so much I would seriously consider a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the scene-stealer in question.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Check me out, check me out, check me out

I started at the bottom
Now I’m still at the bottom
Never rise, I fall
Every season is autumn
Yanked from the precipice
Like the statue of Saddam
Made an exodus to
Collect Ls and I got ’em
By the boatload
And even though I sport the Polo
Look at the logo, it’s just a horse running solo

I’m so broke, my home is an ’87 Volvo
My neighbour’s in the trunk
He’s a half-Korean hobo
I’m famished, the other day I ate a rat sandwich
I don’t give a damn, I’ll eat the thing from Pan’s Labyrinth

My life is so savage, I can’t manage
But then again I get reminded of the old adage
Every dog will have his day, and I will have mine
You buy a box of rosé, and imma have wine
We ordered too many tennis balls, but it will be fine
Because we got a new song to remind you that

We bounce back, bounce back like a tennis ball
Bounce back, bounce back like a basketball
Bounce back, bounce back like a soccer ball
Or really any kinda ball, except a football

Bounce back, bounce back like a tennis ball
Bounce back, bounce back like a racquetball
Bounce back, bounce back like a volleyball
Or really any kinda ball, except a football

Now I’m on top
Debonair to the socks
Monogramed boat shoes walking on my yacht
Got a spaceship for when I want to take trips
Getting sky high, and no it’s not the pot
Yeah I’ve been advancing, livin’ in a mansion

Hanging with Ted Sarandos, and Ted Danson
Cruising down the boulevard in my red phantom
Got my homie the hobo inside the trunk samplin’
There he is cheeses, Jesus, I can’t believe it
Just the other day we were sleeping on the cement
Now, I’m in Belize with Charlize for the evening

Feeling like everything happened for reason
So, this here’s the thesis – don’t dare quit
Never give up and tennis balls make great gifts
If you buy five, then imma be like “here take six”
By the way Quasar is an idiot, but he’ll

Bounce back, bounce back like a tennis ball
Bounce back, bounce back like a basketball
Bounce back, bounce back like a soccer ball
Or really any kinda ball, except a football

Bounce back, bounce back like a tennis ball
Bounce back, bounce back like a racquetball
Bounce back, bounce back like a volleyball
Or really any kinda ball, except a football

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,996: ‘Tennis Ball’ – Hello Peril

  1. Madison Gallup says:

    Don’t come for the Kissing Booth!! I am excited to watch this movie soon though, it’s on the ole’ list.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Lol. I knew Maddie would come to the defense of Kissing Booth! 😀

    This sounds like a fun movie to watch, especially for free and at home.

  3. Clay says:

    Maddie should turn in her feminist card for defending The Kissing Booth!

  4. Amy says:

    Just watched it thanks to your review. Good stuff.

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