Cliches, but not really cliched.
Romance is a genre of movies that I usually avoid. Romantic comedy is a genre that I don’t adhere to. Any romantic story makes you smile and laugh, but that doesn’t make it a comedy. My Sassy Girl is a romantic movie, which I had to sit down and watch because of my wife, and which turned out to be a very beautiful romantic tale that I enjoyed.
The story is about Charlie (Jesse Bradford) and Jordan (Elisha Cuthbert). Of course, a romantic movie has to begin with the boy-meets-girl situation. In My Sassy Girl, they meet on a subway in New York. Jordan is drunk – her fiancé has broken up with her – and Charlie helps her out. The next day, Jordan calls him to say thanks and they meet again. Of course, in a romantic movie, the boy and the girl have to start liking each other, and that happens in My Sassy Girl too. Charlie is shy and simple while Jordan is sassy (meaning bold and extrovert). Of course, despite their dissimilarities they fall in love. However, at first, the relationship doesn’t make sense to Charlie and he sometimes get overwhelmed by Jordan’s naturally bossy nature. Jordan, on the other hand, is trying to get over her ex-fiancé. Obviously, do they end up together or not is what makes up the rest of the movie. Add to it a father who doesn’t want his daughter dating this guy and you have a whole bundle of romantic clichés.
But, clichés is not what you’re thinking about when you see My Sassy Girl. The movie is very well made and extremely well told. It’s what you expect, but not how you expect it to come out. The chemistry between Bradford and Cuthbert (looking very lovely) is palpable. Emotions are in the right place and in the right amount. The ending made me smile with tears on the edge of my eyes. I particularly enjoyed the courtship period comic scenes.
My Sassy Girl is an adaptation of a Korean film. Directed by Yann Samuell, it was released in the US in 2008. The Mailika Sherawat-Ranvir Shorey starrer Ugly Aur Pagli has a similar setting and is also probably a remake of the original Korean movie as well.
Overall, My Sassy Girl is a beautiful light flick – easy on the mind, warming to the heart and fun to watch.
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