My Sassy Girl (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
Fox || PG13 - 95 minutes - $27.98 || August 26, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-08-22


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Yann Samuell
Writer(s): Ho-sik Kim (novel); Victor Levin (screenplay)
Cast: Jesse Bradford, Elisha Cuthbert


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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My Sassy Girl is a remake (I guess the horror genre is quickly drying up and now theyíre targeting romantic-comedy-dramas) of a Korean movie of the same name and is in itself based upon a novel by Ho-sik Kim. Also, according to IMDb, the writer and director of the Korean version, Jae-young Kwak, actually worked on an early draft of this American version.

Reading through some of the comments about this movie, much of the disdain for this version comes in comparison with the original, and to those people I have nothing but respect for their opinion. However, having never seen the original, I can only base my thoughts on this version and to me; this wasnít that bad a movie actually. Is it a well made film? Not really. Itís a fairly predictable movie and not in a romantic comedy sort of way either (there is a twist here that doesnít entirely work).

The story behind My Sassy Girl centers around small town boy Charlie (Bradford) heading to New York City to attend college when he meets and rescues Jordan (Cuthbert), a young woman whose fiancťe recently broke up with her. Itís what looks to be the classic case of opposites attract. Sheís a bit brash and out of control while heís the true gentleman who is a little sheltered and hasnít really lived life yet.

For the first 60-minutes, the film seemed like it was drifting towards an ending weíve all seen before in countless other romance flicks, but after that it does pick up pace and finally begins revealing the twist I thought (in the back of my mind) was coming. What unfolds is a well played twist, but at the same time just too convenient. Yeah, any writer can lean on the magic of destiny and all, yet I couldnít help but to roll my eyes a little at the same time. The slim 90-minute running time is used just fine with this story so I can forgive some of these transgressions.

Of course, Sassy is helped by two charming leads in Jesse Bradford -- who still has that odd smile -- and the lovely Elisha Cuthbert looking as good as ever. Now, these two arenít the next Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan or anything, but I thought together they were cute in that Hollywoodland kind of way (i.e. not happening in real life), so that alone went a long way to saving this from being a turkey.

Directed by Yann Samuell (in his American debut) and adapted by Victor Levin (Then She Found Me, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!), My Sassy Girl is more of an average romantic-dramedy than anything. Behind the inane plotline is a heart that makes this a worthwhile venture... at least to those who havenít watched the original. At 90-minutes, itís a breezy flick so you wonít have to invest too much time in it either.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Other than some trailers for other Fox titles, no features have been included on the disc.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Fox provided a watermarked screener so the video was fairly fragmented in parts and the black levels seem to be a bit off. I will update this review once final product has been sent.

The disc offers a Dolby Digital 5.1 that sounded alright. Again, though, I will apply a final rating once the DVD comes in.



.::OVERALL::.

Once the final product comes in, this rating probably will go up, but in the meantime with no features and an average movie, Iím not sure if this disc is worth owning or not. Those true romantics out there who donít mind the whole use of destiny as a plot device (although not in same sense as a movie like Serendipity) might find this a worthwhile venture.