R-RATED PILLOW TALK
When Yoon Jung (Kim Ah Joong) accidentally dials the wrong number instead of her boyfriend’s and has phone sex with the man on the other end, she finds an unlike confidant in Hyun Seung (Ji Sung). As they both confide in each other about their relationship woes, an attraction grows between these pillow talk partners.
What a cute, sexy romantic comedy. I feel like it’s this generation’s version of the classic 1959’s Pillow Talk with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. With the exception of one hilarious visual gag, Down With Love was a travesty. Kim Ah Joong and Ji Sung are no strangers to comedy but they also have great onscreen chemistry.
Ji Sung – Show Me Your Panty
Aside from a false ending, the movie follows the trajectory of your usual romcom with all the ups and downs you expect. And that’s not such a bad thing because the movie delivers the hilarity and swooning right on schedule.
I’m not usually a prude but there’s a lot more nudity in this movie than I thought there would be from a supporting character. Especially considering the scenes are with Shin So Yul who plays So Yeon. She’s not even the main character. Perhaps it’s also because in dramas, we’re used to seeing her in the schoolgirl roles but she graduated up a notch when she was in Penny-Pinching Romance. It’s just jarring to see her in hyper-sexualized roles.
That’s not even what’s the most distracting. I was pretty disturbed by Kim Ah Joong’s plastic surgery-riddled face. It’s hard to see Yoon Jung come across as sympathetic to Hyun Seung when I can only visualize her as the poster girl for a sex ad. I half expected her to ooh and ahh after every line. Though the scene where they record a song together was made even more charming by Hyun Seung suggesting she add in those oohs and ahhs.
In theory, her character should be sexy but not overly so that it detracts from the acting. Kim Ah Joong tries to give Yoon Jung some depth but I had a hard time getting past the vacant Barbie doll smile.
Kim Ah Joong – Show Me Your Heart
I know some of these points may seem like a superficially critical look at the movie but the look of a character goes hand in hand with the acting. And really that’s the only major criticism of the movie. Hyun Seung and Yoon Jung have a nice tug of war struggle over their emotions and whether it’s appropriate to reveal their feelings.
Their characters have a two steps forward, one step back dynamic. If it were a drama, I’d probably get irritated at their indecisiveness. The false ending following the wedding scene did have me going, ‘Are you kidding me?’
But the movie wraps things up quickly thereafter and it’s nice to not have this monkey reach that irritated point. Not a perfect movie but delightful.