He Who Can’t Marry
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(Jun – Aug 2009)
who’s in it
Ji JinHee (Dae Jang Geum)
Uhm JungHwa (singer)
Yoo AhIn (Strongest Chil Woo, Antique Bakery - film)
Kim SoEun (Boys Over Flowers)
what’s it about
An obsessive compulsive and neurotic, megalomaniac architect falls in love with a doctor who mourns the fact that she’s past her twenties and still single in a society that prefers couples (hey, it’s the plot of the drama, i’m not making social commentary here). Lucky for the really rude and socially deficient butthead architect, he happens to look a lot like Ji JinHee and fills out a pair of tight trousers rather nicely, and therefore stands a fighting chance with the hot doc with major insecurity issues.
16 (but feels more like 24)
wildcard factorYoo AhIn and Kim SoEun’s major awesome cuteness
after the first episodeReally pretty pleased–there was so much potential! Shows that start the plot going by introducing unconventional leads are always attention grabbers for me. The main character was wonderfully obnoxious and different from the usual kdrama leading men archetypes, and attractive in a peculiar way, perhaps not unlike Gregory House’s prickly appeal in popular U.S. show House that featured a cranky pants doctor who was often socially obnoxious. Also, Uhm JungHwa didn’t make my stomach turn as the female lead and seemed an appropriate match for the crazy architect, so that was a plus.
snoozer momentsThe entire second half of the drama.
soju-guzzlingThe character JaeHee was way too self-involved to actually recognize in himself any emotion that needed to be dulled away by a late night liquor ahjumma. On the one hand, it was fun to watch him flit through the show, on the other, he really needed to show more emotion, which in turn would have given us more satisfaction while waiting for the inevitable emotional growth that would come.
what didn’t workUnfortunately, the main romance—not for a lack of trying on Ji JinHee’s part, but he just couldn’t make me care about his clumsy attempts at courtship.
what didLet me get my squeee out of the way: Kim SoEun and Yoo AhIn were freakin’ deakin’ adorkable; watch out for these two, they’re rising stars, I swear. I’m calling it now! Well, actually, I think other people have already called it…
what made me want to gouge my eyes outThere was some crying and shrilling from Uhm JungHwa...
what kept me goingSeriously, the cutest chihuahua ever starred in this drama and I don’t normally like chihuahuas.
predictability I kept hoping for a twist that had no intention of ever coming
originality At times dull but I do give it credit for at least attempting to be different
eye-candy Everyone was very smartly presented
hair and fashion Stylish, Yoo AhIn and Ji JinHee especially worked it
is it worth trying to find?
If you have time to kill and a dvd player that’ll fast-forward reliably.
total enjoyment factor7/10
Seems high? Truth is, I liked most of the characters…just not together…they need to be recycled into other dramas.
why this review is completely biasedI like pretty people who dress fashionably and this had an abundance of them. Besides, I like Yang JungAh from her work on Gold Miss (and for her fangirl love for GD). She needed a bigger role in this one, she was another bright spot in here. She should have been the lead.
could a non-kdrama fan like thisActually, they might. I think JaeHee in his infinite neurosis and rudeness could be amusing to watch for a casual viewer.
verdictI didn’t hate it, but I definitely didn’t love it either.