My Sassy Girl
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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.
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.
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
Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert plays the "sassy" (read: obnoxious, rude, nearly psychopathic in this film) girl, given a name in this version ("Jordan"), and Jesse Bradford plays her hapless savior/suitor Charlie. It's pretty much a scene-for-scene remake of the original, but transplanted entirely to Manhattan and cut by about 40 minutes, which removes any possibility of the subtleties of the Korean film, particularly in class and gender issues; here we get a much more simplistic contrast between uber-rich girl and struggling from-the-sticks guy. The fantasy sequences here just seem like throwaways, because Jordan just isn't as well developed as Gianna Jun's character was in the earlier film, and because there is little that is endearing about her until near the end.Read more ›
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Good movie, of course cannot be exactly like the korean version. but still good for an american retake on this movie.Published 2 days ago by Je'rome
This movie is heartbreakingly good. I'm not a chick flick person, but this movie is amazing!Published 4 days ago by Emily
I originally watched the korean version. This one is a remake, and I think the remake is spot on. The acting and production is not as good as the original, but they do follow the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Stephen Vance
Funny and enjoyable movie. Seller provided a good quality DVD.Published 2 months ago by Robert Welch
Wonderful story of a hurting young girl and a very patient boy friend, and a continuing revelation of just how a young simple man sees beyond her pain and hurts, into the soul of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tomas
Seriously one of my favorite movies ever. Cuthbert plays a classic Manic Pixie Dream Girl and takes the audience on a wild ride where the viewer can't help but fall in love with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gabrielle Benoit
This is one of those movies you will probably love or hate. It's definitely a girly movie! Sad, but not in a heart-breaking way. Very cute and very hilarious. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hannah
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