Verdict: Totally adorkable. I loved it.
Summary: Ji-Soo, a famous and well beloved actress, has been dating the same wealthy politician’s son for 7 years. However, for political reasons, he needs to keep the relationship a secret, and he has even gone so far as to get engaged for the purpose of helping his father’s career. He promises Ji-Soo that he will break off the engagement after the election and come back to her.
Meanwhile, they still occasionally have a secret date. One evening while on a secret date they flee from a reporter, get in a minor car accident, and scandal seems unavoidable.
Enter our star, Goo Dong Baek, an unassuming postal worker, somewhat goofy, a fan of Han Ji-Soo, who just happens to be on the seen. He agrees to slip into the driver’s seat and pretend that he was the driver all along, so that Kang Mo (the rich, rising politician’s son) can escape without getting it splashed all over the front page that he’s secretly dating somebody else while engaged to the daughter of a giant publishing company.
The newspaper reporter who was following the pair knows Kang Mo was really the driver, but he lacks certain proof. He starts stalking Dong Baek trying to get him to tell the truth, and eventually catches and records Donb Baek in a compromising phone conversation, and threatens to release it. Kang Mo decides the best thing to do is have Ji-Soo and Dong Baek enter a contract marriage, letting the public believe it’s real, and that will make Dong Baek’s scoop worthless. Kang Mo is exactly what you’d expect him to be. Ji Soo is actually very sweet, she’s just given in to Kang Mo’s increasingly unfair and unreasonable demands too often- it started small, but each step made the next one harder to refuse, and now she has so much invested in the relationship it’s hard to give it up.
So…. forced proximity, contract marriage, man and woman living in the same house (but on separate floors), rich and powerful boyfriend behind the scenes, scheming reporter, high stakes because both sides cannot afford publicity but are equally under the public eye, and a pairing of opposites.
It’s obvious which direction this goes, and there are no huge surprises, although there were several pleasant little surprises. Ji Soo has a little brother who shows up and the bromance between him and Dong Baek is fabulous. Kang Mo’s fiance, who seems to be a bit of a zero, turns out to have a spine and plenty of self-respect. I would share a couple others, but they would be spoilers.
Predictable as it may be, it’s sweet, very funny, warm hearted, and Hwang jung min, who plays Dong Baek, is fantastic. Kim Ah-Joong, who plays Ji Soo, also was lovely in her role, I thought. She has an impish expression that is just perfect for the character she plays, and given the way she uses Dong Baek in the beginning, the actress here needs to be likable in order for the viewer to root for the romance.
Caveats: Not many. The general idea does play lightly with marriage, but there is an acknowledgment that this was not what should have been done. There are a couple newlywed jokes Dong Baek’s bosses make that made me blush, but I really think they would go over most kids’ heads. There’s a swimming pool scene or two.
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