My Sassy Girl (2008)

My Sassy Girl
Director: Yann Samuell
Writer: Victor Levin
Remake of: Yeopgijeogin geunyeo
Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Jesse Bradford, Austin Basis, Chris Sarandon, Jay Patterson, Joanna Gleason

Plot:
Charlie (Jesse Bradford) is a business student and the epitome of a nice guy. One day he meets Jordan (Elisha Cuthbert), pretty and incredibly drunk. He saves her from falling in front of a subway train and then carries her home when she passes out in the station. After that Jordan turns Charlie’s entire life completely upside down with her erratic behavior.

This movie could have been quite nice – if Jordan hadn’t been the most grievous instance of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl that I have encountered in my life. That immediately reduces the film to mediocre, max.

The movie starts off quite nice: they way they recapped Charlie’s life so far was beautifully done and reminded me of Pushing Daisies in its aesthetics. (It’s also the only time the movie felt like it was made by Yann Samuell.) Unfortunately the entire awesome this movie had to offer was spent in these first five minutes.

Because then Charlie meets Jordan and Jordan really has issues. There are several instances when she crosses from MPDG to actual psychopath. But her issues are so much only there for Charlie’s character to develop that the film never acknowledges Jordan’s need for some serious therapy.

The twist was completely foreseeable, the dialogues frequently ridiculous (“Your healing was off by one day?” Seriously?) and there’s not much that really worked.

So even though Jordan was an awful character, she at least saved the film from being completely forgettable. Because if it hadn’t been for her suckiness, the film would have been completely bland.

Summarising: Annoying, but there are wose films.

3 comments

  1. You should it is awesome. You don’t need to know korean to watch it with subs on youtube. With the same name – my sassy girl. I heard the real version was insanely popular, just like Jee-hyun was in this movie^^

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