You're Beautiful (2009) Review by ChellyWood



This is the Korean drama/romantic comedy that got the ball rolling for me and my girls. We stumbled across You're Beautiful on Netflix and thought, "What the heck?" We watched Episode 1 and were utterly hooked!

Blurb: Young and innocent Go Mi Nyu (nicknamed Gemma) is studying to be a nun, having attended a parochial school as an orphan. All she knows is the humble life that Catholic school offered her. But her twin brother, Go Mi Nam (who also looks just like her), has broken away from his parochial upbringing to seek out the life of a rock star.

Just as Go Mi Nam climbs to fame and is offered a contract with a popular boy band called A.N. JELL, his botched eye surgery leaves him with no other alternative than to send his twin sister to take his place. Disguising herself as Go Mi Nam, Gemma signs the contract and goes to live in a dorm with the other members of A.N. JELL, who are three hot guys, each with talents of their own.
When her brother's surgery takes longer than expected, Go Mi Nyu finds herself falling in love with one of the band members. But how can she possibly be his girlfriend when the whole world thinks she's a dude?

Review: My daughters and I adored the characters in this dramedy. The comic scenes were very well executed in anime style. Sets were beautiful, taking us to explore the Korean countryside as well as lovely city-scapes. The plot included numerous cliff-hangers, a trademark of Korean dramas, so if you decide to watch Episode 1, be prepared to watch the rest!

Actors: Park Shin-hye did a masterful job portraying Go Mi Nyu (Gemma). Her facial expressions ranged from painful compassion (the night of Hwang Tae Kyung's birthday) to intense love. Jang Geun Suk played Hwang Tae Kyung (A.N. JELL's lead singer), and having fallen for him on You're Beautiful, I'm now a life-long fan. My oldest daughter was smitten by Jung Yong-hwa who played the soft-hearted romantic, Kang Shin Woo. Jung Yong-hwa is a singer in a real-life band, CN Blue, and his talent as a singer and musician added flair to You're Beautiful's musical scores.
I'd like to give a nod to the series' minor characters as well. Lee Hongki played Jeremy, the band's comic relief, and Kim In Kwon played the humorous character of Manager Ma with flair. Uee, who offered herself up as Yoo He Yi, the female villain, has enough talent to take a role as a heroine in future dramas (and I hope I see her being offered such roles).

Recommendations: This show is suitable for all ages, even though in one of the earlier episodes, I believe the word "hell" is used (or another not-so-naughty swear word). The kissing scenes are very rare and amount to no more than a peck on the lips, but don't be fooled by that description. This show is definitely romantic!

Biggest Drawback: I didn't really like the scenes where A.N. JELL's stylist, Noona, slaps and hits Manager Ma. I'm guessing that's considered comic to Korean audiences, but the humor doesn't really translate. However this only happens in a couple of scenes, so it really doesn't negatively affect the overall appeal of the show.

Rating: (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) Five Stars (worth owning)

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