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My Sassy Girl
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2010
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2009
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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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
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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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2008
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
on July 15, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
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 despite the fact that it follows the same events of the Gianna Jun starrer. The characters in it were definitely cartoon-like that nobody will empathize with.It was also more of a slapstick comedy rather than a love story.Most of all,it does not bother about the mystery of love but it follows the conventional romcom genre-type of boy meets girl movie.In the end,it made both the main characters - Charlie and Jordan - extremely painful to watch and to cheer for as they were like adults acting idiotically from one turn to another. Skip this one and watch the original Korean film to fully appreciate what this was suppose to be all about. No wonder it wasn't released in movie theaters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2013
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I decided to watch this movie because it is a remake of a cute and touching Korean romantic comedy that I really enjoyed watching. The remake was a major disappointment, it captured nothing of the complexity of the characters in the Korean original and failed to depict any chemistry between the two main characters. The sassy girl in the Korean version is a complex character, who despite being absolutely sassy and at times mean is at the same time lovely, adorable and vulnerable. Elisha Cuthbert, however, does not bring any of this complexity to the role, the character she depicts is not much more than simply annoying. A full review would give too much away of the plot for people who have not seen the movie, but in short it is safe to say that this remake falls flat, and that it is recommended to watch the Korean original instead.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Maverick/Vertigo originally got high marks for deciding to remake a very popular Korean film of the same name, but the results were less than fantastic. The targeted audience of teen to twenty-somethings was obvious with two castings of the Bring It On actor Jesse Bradford and the popular 24 daughter Elisha Cuthbert.

The requests for this one were already pouring in because of the original piece, plus the director from the highly rated Love Me if You Dare made his next film. I'll skip the comparisons between the two films and just try this one on its own merit.

The storyline of two young strangers meeting in New York and falling in love appears quite forcefully after a novice storyboard coverage of the main character's early life. Our Cuthbert character plays the strange and mysterious rich girl with a damaged back story we know nothing about. Through the course of their strange meetings, dates or whatever you want to call them, all of the teens watching left the room within 20 minutes. I stuck it out to see if this dysfunctional relationship would become believable. It never really does, and as the love story grew painfully more boring and contrived, the middle-aged ladies gave up watching also.

The ending had some heart, but overall the film never materializes into anything enjoyable, believable or rewatchable. The DVD has absolutely nothing extra to it, so between there being no special features whatsoever and a disappointing love story, I had to give it the lower rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2014
Format: DVD
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!!!!
The guy was brain dead. The girl did not respect anyone.
Destroying someone's job interview, is like murdering his future. That is NOT the girl I want to spend rest of my life with.
I do not care what was her reason, but there is no way to treat a person like that, especially her soon to be 'boyfriend'.
That is even before I start to complain about their acting ... or NO acting at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2011
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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