My Sassy Girl is the tale of the first and last time Charlie Bello falls in love. From their initial meeting, trouble is the name of the game. Imagine an amorphous mass of dating disasters and you get an idea of the relationship between the young couple. Some mysterious force with the strength of gravity between two planets must be at play between Charlie and Jordan as the relationship truly makes no sense on the surface. Everything seems pitted against the two of them. Things suddenly come to a halt when the two write letters confessing their love for each other. Agreeing to meet a year later to read the love letters together, Charlie and Jordan go their separate ways.
User Reviews: Yann Samuell’s version of ‘My Sassy Girl’ is pretty much 95% a scene by scene copy of the beautiful Korean film. The hackneyed plot really lacks soul. It’s not as bad as the trashy Indian version called ‘Ugly Aur Pagli’. The friend character in this American version is annoying and one of the many Hollywood clichés including the Hollywood ending. The Americanized rewriting also makes the characters clichéd. For example the sequences of Charlie’s and his friends discussion about relationships is something we have witnessed in numerous sitcoms and movies. No marks for creativity. Jesse Bradford tries to make the best of Charlie (despite the poor writing). Charlie comes across as whiny but remains tolerable because Bradford manages to make some of him likable. Elisha Cuthbert has never looked better but she fails to deliver in the comedic scenes. She’s better during the more intense moments.
I loved Jae-young Kwak’s ‘Yeopgijeogin Geunyeo’ which is one of my favourite romantic movies. So I was curious about this remake more so because I liked Bradford in his other movies and Cuthbert is quite pretty. This movie is no match for the original but it’s not absolutely terrible (like the Indian one). Watch Kwak’s movie if you haven’t seen it yet and then give this one a try if you really want to.