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You are definitely not looking for an oscar winner/nominee here. Leave all of that aside and this is one hilarious and very entertaining movie! It is supposed to be a remake of a korean blockbuster and I am glad they did it. I actually wanted to see the original but when i came accross this film, i opted for the latter.
The film starts off when Jordan(played by Elisha Cuthbert) is drunk in a metro station and Charlie(played by Jesse Bradford) notices her. Their first interaction is really funny as she passes out in the metro station and he finally decides to carry her to his dorm! Little did he know she will keep following him after she wakes up!
Both the characters are opposites and complete fun! I loved the scene where they slap each other in the train station. The film progresses on with characters falling for each other, it takes the usual path taken by rom-coms but still brings a smile to the viewer's face. The dialogues and screenplay holds the key as it is one of many romantic comedies out every year. The latter part gets a bit serious but i won't divulge much into the story here. Its a usual rom-com story with a more subtle ending.
Watch this, i am sure you won't regret the time spent.
On yet another trip to the library for some books for Harry, I couldn't resist another look at the DVDs shelf which is very conveniently located by the checkout counter, so you can't help but look as you're waiting in line! There were lots of films there but this one grabbed my attention as I remembered I'd seen an advert for it on another DVD I'd watched a while ago. I knew it had looked good then, so I decided to take a chance on this little film, and the result was a very pleasant and surprising watch indeed!
This film is actually a remake of a Korean film from 2001 entitled "Yeopgijeogin geunyeo" which is My Sassy Girl when translated. It tells the tale of 2 strangers who form a close bond in a short period of time. Charlie Bellows is a business major whose life is changed in a second when he saves Jordan from dieing on the subway. The two proceed to start an odd friendship, with Jordan's kooky ways drawing Charlie in and things developing. But is there a reason for Jordan's strange ways? And can Charlie find the normal girl under Jordan's sassy exterior?
I didn't actually know this was a remake until I was looking for this film on IMDB.com and apparently the original is incredibly popular! I clearly haven't seen the Korean version so have nothing to compare it to which according to some of the reviews on there is actually a good thing. This film is marketed as a romantic comedy and I think it certainly does delivery on those fronts because both my other half and I did laugh out loud several times, and it is a lovely film for couples to watch as well.
The comedy in the film is very well done, quite funny for the most part and sits nicely within the film. To be honest, the best part for comedy through the film has to go to Bradford for his quirky narration over the film at regular intervals. Also his general manner through the film is funny and the deadpan expression simply adds to the humour. Cuthbert's character is much more obvious regarding comedy, but I just found it somewhat over the top. In her more serious scenes she was good, but for the most part Jordan's comedy was not that great. She tries to bounce this off Bradford, but he definitely is the most superior of the two in the film.
The idea of a geeky-ish guy meeting a crazy girl isn't new but the way this is told in the story is incredibly well done. We see straight from the off that Jordan is somewhat odd but don't really know why. But the chemistry between the two is immediately apparent, not just between the characters but also between the actors which is one of the reasons I really managed to get so into this unusual film! It was vital really that the 2 leads had a good and believable relationship on-screen because there were hardly any other characters worth mentioning - the film really is about them, and them only.
The role of Charlie is taken on by actor Jesse Bradford, who I've only seen in Swimfan previously, so I didn't really know what to expect from him. However, I was pleasantly surprised by him, he's played a comic role with ease, pulling off the humour and passion of the role very well and believably. I really enjoyed his character on-screen and Bradford was very watchable. Elisha Cuthbert plays crazy Jordan, but I still can't decide whether or not I actually liked her performance. She was very annoying, obviously part of the character but still I was quite irritated by her! But the chemistry between the pair was incredibly good, and consequently I really enjoyed the film and unfolding storyline.
My only niggle with this film is its beginning. It somewhat threatens to be a silly comedy with obvious gags and a very silly leading female character. However, the film really is much, much deeper than you realise and by the end, I was very touched by what I'd seen and thought it was really much better than I had expected. What had started off as a kooky comedy soon transcended into a sweet and touching love story which works on several levels. 2 lovely lead characters, and of course 2 good actors who play them carry off the story very well, enable you to care about them and therefore really enjoy this film. I really liked it, and I think my other half did too! A very sweet film.
Written by Victor Levin and Jae-young Kwak
Directed by Yann Samuell
Running time: 92 minutes / Certificate: 15
Jesse Bradford ... Charlie Bellow
Elisha Cuthbert ... Jordan Roark
Austin Basis ... Leo
Chris Sarandon ... Dr. Roark
Jay Patterson ... Roger Bellow
Thank you for reading.