28 February 2015

Can We Love Review

Title: Can we love?
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Family, Society
Episodes: 20
Broadcast period:  2014-Jan to 2014-Mar
Cast: Eugene, Uhm Tae Woong, Kim Yoo Mi, Choi Jung Yoon, Kim Sung Su and Park Min Woo.

This drama is about three women in their 40s: a divorcee, a housemother and a single woman.
Yoon Jung Wan (Eugene) is a single mother who divorced her husband after a life of hardship. After spending several years trying to get hired as a scenarist, she is finally hired by award-winning Producer/Director Oh Kyung Soo (Uhm Tae Woong), who seems to enjoy teasing her.
Kim Sun Mi (Kim Yoo Mi) is a single woman who prioritized her career rather than getting married, but now is at her late 30s and still single. Though dating loads of possible ‘husband material’, the only guy still sticking around is her 20-something employee Choi Yoon Suk (Park Min Woo), who is head over heels in love with her.
Kwon Ji Hyun (Choi Jung Yoon) is a married ‘all-around-housewife’, who is good at doing her housework and taking care of her husband, but due to her insanely dominant mother-in-law she doesn’t feel happy. Out of the three she is considered the most ‘lucky’ and ‘stable’ one, however bears a scar from her first love, Ahn Do Young (Kim Sung Soo) whom she wanted to marry, but due to issues was left heartbroken.
The three are best friends and have been for the last 20 years, but due to differences and jealousy they bicker and fight. They usually make up, but as fate will have it, their love lives and work intervene with each other. Will they be able to be with the ones they love?

Since I liked the first ‘type’ - I’m calling it type, since they only have the name in common - of drama (Can we get married) and I am a fan of Uhm Tae Woong, I wanted to watch this pretty much at the moment it came out. But since I felt I had to watch the first one, I kind of let this one wait. To be honest my expectations were just too high, and I made a mistake comparing the two. This drama is not a ‘bad’ drama, it just is too melodramatic, and most of the situations are just not complicated - rather a case of letting go or putting your foot down - which is almost normal in Korean dramas I guess. While watching it felt it became a case of ‘wanna-be classic drama’, yet they tried to break some of the Korean society taboos, for example: married woman dating a bachelor, older woman dating a younger man, or housewife wanting a divorce. And instead of making me thing that finally someone is taking these things seriously, they make a melodrama about the most ridiculous situations - though some were okay. Acting wise it was mediocre, noting amazing tbh, but I did feel some of the characters were well written.
All in all it is an okay drama with too many melodramatic moments.

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts 

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