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My Sassy Girl (2008)

Elisha Cuthbert , Jesse Bradford , Yann Samuell  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elisha Cuthbert, Jesse Bradford, Austin Basis, Chris Sarandon, Jay Patterson
  • Directors: Yann Samuell
  • Writers: Ho-sik Kim, Jae-young Kwak, Victor Levin
  • Producers: Brent Emery, Don Kurt, Doug Davison, Guy Oseary
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019X3YXM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Sassy Girl" on IMDb

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Loosely based on the 2001 Korean romantic comedy of the same name, My Sassy Girl follows a young couple that was brought together by unusual circumstances. Charlie (Jesse Bradford, Flags of Our Fathers) finds Jordan (Elisha Cuthbert, 24) drunk and passed out in a subway station. Worried that she'll be harmed, he makes sure she gets home safely. The two have nothing in common. He has a life plan and a cautious approach; she lives moment to moment and literally throws caution to the wind. Like The Lake House--a remake of the Korean movie Siworae--the plot of My Sassy Girl has been changed enough that it's its own film. While not nearly as charming as the film on which it's based, it has its winning moments--especially in the final third of the film when it makes sense why this unlikely pair should be together. As Jordan notes, "We have to stay alive, because we have to see how the story ends." Bradford and Cuthbert lend charm and likability to their roles. While the plot often asks us to believe in them when they're placed in situations that are completely unbelievable, the actors make us root for them. There is a surprise tear-jerking ending that is highly contrived. Still, you may want to have a tissue or two on hand. --Jae-Ha Kim

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Straight-laced Charlie Bellow (Jesse Bradford) has a perfectly predictable life. Great grades, great future, no risks. That is, until he meets Jordan Roark (Elisha Cuthbert), a compulsive girl who lives every moment on the edge. As Jordan teaches Charlie to loosen up and let go, Charlie finds himself falling helplessly in love even as his life spins out of control. But Jordan's carefree attitude masks a painful secret, and when it threatens to tear them apart, Charlie will have to show her that once destiny guides you to the one you want, it's up to you to hold on.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I watched the original Korean version at least 20 times. It was with a little exaggeration in the middle, but deep and touching.

The remake, I can't even bear to watch it the first time. It feels like it has a lot of "acting" as if they want to "act like it is so". It is shallow and pretentious.

Try the original Korean version instead.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mistranslated December 5, 2009
By canopy
Format:DVD
I've seen the original twice. As a native Korean, I loved the original movie. It's a laugh-out-loud movie but also a heart-warming romantic comedy, excellently done by the two main actors. A definite keeper.

I was very curious to find out that they've done an American remake of the film. As the original movie had a very distinct Korean culture, I was excited to see how they've turned it into an American film. I expected to see much change in the plot but surprisingly there were many familiar scenes. The scene on the subway and the games that the girl plays were all in the American version. Even the rose scene which was a significant part in the original movie was kept in tact. Unlike other reviewers, I was actually disappointed that they kept so many of the original movie. I'm grateful that the film makers showed respect to the original movie but they forget that the original movie was geared towards a Korean audience which is why the craziness of a cute girl works. In many Korean films, it is quite common to see a girl's charm manifested in her obnoxious behaviour and such. But I wasn't convinced of it in the American version. The girl just was really annoying and I was annoyed with the guy for taking such crap from a crazy girl.

I think the movie should've been more Americanized. It has a such a sweet story to it but the film makers' over sensitivity to the original movie was, in my opinion, a hindrance to recreating this film. Lakehouse is another movie that was adapted from a very well known Korean film. They kept the spirit of the original but changed quite a lot of the plot and even changed the characters a little bit, to suit an American audience and look how well that turned out.

When a film is being remade, although there should be some homage to the original, the remade movie should still be able to stand on its own. As for this film, if I hadn't seen the original movie, I would've given this film less than three stars.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packaged like a romantic comedy but really a drama December 27, 2008
Format:DVD
Elisha Cuthbert stars as Jordan Roark and Jesse Bradford as Charlie Bellows, two apparently mismatched New Yorkers who randomly meet on a subway platform.

The packaging and parts of the movie stylistically say "romantic comedy." And there are funny parts, but not based on the now common gross gags or sexual double entendre. But the humor is not the core of the movie. Charlie Bellows is a typical romantic comedy straight man, so it's easy to see where viewers might be misled. Jordan Roark is not the typical inhabitant of a romantic comedy. In fact she's the mystery. What makes her so volatile and emotionally dangerous but compelling?

The movie was deeper than I expected with a real reward at the end. I couldn't take my eyes off of Elisha Cuthbert. The story builds somewhat slowly but the nuance is there in Elisha's characterization to explain everything in retrospect. I found her compelling. There was no mystery why Jesse's Charlie Bellows fell in love, despite the Elisha's manic behavior as Jordan.

It wasn't the romantic comedy I expected, but it was a rewarding, surprising and oddly compelling drama by the end. I've rewatched it several times and found additional subtlety, emotion and meaning each time. My Sassy Girl was much better than anticipated, and perhaps expectations play a role.

Those viewers that saw the original Korean version have vastly different expectations and apparently wanted the same movie in English, and didn't get it. Those that want and need a light romantic comedy would also be disappointed. If you're willing to ride along and let the movie develop on its own merits, there's more meaning and drama than meets the eye in the first half of the film.

Recommended. My Sassy Girl
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars completely lost in translation.... September 2, 2008
By AG
Format:DVD
Wow... I loved the korean movie and I thought hey I loved it so I'll give it a chance but this was competely horrendous and it makes me sad that such a great movie was ruined. I really hope everyone just skips this movie and stick to the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Constructed April 17, 2011
By R. Shin
Format:DVD
The French director may compose the movie in an unique matter, but felt a bit messy. His transitions were too off, sometimes quick and sometimes slow. The humor was a bit off taste. At times that's what made it feel slow.

And I must mention, good movies should almost never be remade.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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In MY SASSY GIRL, Elisha Cuthbert plays Jordan Roark, an annoying and manipulative drunk who supposedly charms nice guy Charlie Bellow (Jesse Bradford) by ordering him around, passing out in public places and insisting on various "high-spirited" activities. None of this looks like much fun (and Charlie frequently tells his college roommate how un-fun it is). But Charlie can't help himself, 'cause, gosh-darn it, he's fallen in love.

What's the "painful secret" that has turned Jordan into such a hellion? It's not hard to guess. And it hardly justifies her stupid behavior, or Charlie's patience with her. By the time the "painful secret" is finally revealed, there's just time for some painful dialogue about "destiny" and a painful wrap-up that only underscores how stupid Jordan was to keep her secret for so long.

MY SASSY GIRL is a remake of what we're told was a "highly successful" Korean film. My suggestion: The US version would probably make more sense for English speakers if they dubbed in the original Korean soundtrack and left off the subtitles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
My wife and I love this movie, it is funny and entertaining.
Published 23 hours ago by Joshua S
1.0 out of 5 stars No Wonder It Wasn't Released In Movie Theaters
My Sassy Girl is a remake of the Korean film of the same title.Unfortunately,it was a very poor remake and it completely missed the mark of what the original version was all about... Read more
Published 13 days ago by DESERTMAN40
4.0 out of 5 stars It's nice movie. I liked it
I watched it twice and second time my wife liked it too. I didnot feel bored. Its drama and I like drama.
Published 1 month ago by Shasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Korean melodrama at its best
I haven't seen the American version of My Sassy Girl and I don't think I ever will. Some movies can't be improved by redoing it in another language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Wade Mayfield
4.0 out of 5 stars quirky and fun love story
A quirky and fun love story. Jessie Bradford plays a surprisingly strong, grounded foil to Elisha Cuthbert's manic, adorably flawed, Jordan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by peter s
1.0 out of 5 stars My Sassy Girl - USA version
This movie is an insult of the Korean version.
This is NOT a funny movie!!!! This is a 'getting me upset' movie, and an insult to my wife of 40 years!!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by happy2
1.0 out of 5 stars Hangs up, Freezes, Pauses
This is a good movie. However, I rented this movie on amazon video on demand. I have my tv hardwired to my fios internet at 50/150 Mbps. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Co
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh and Cry, and Be Happy
Movies, like theatre, have two major categories, comedy and drama but sometimes, like this movie, they are beautifully intertwined. This movie is one of those movies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MrsBblogs
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this movie!
I know, the Korean movie of the same name is the template for this American film, but, I like the story, acting, and; particularly, the ending. Don't miss it!
Published 5 months ago by Lee Gaffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
i love this movie, and im not a fan of romantic movies but im truly in love with Elisha Cuthbert because of this performance, its funny, lovable and very moving , overall its an... Read more
Published 5 months ago by liTool
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