Movie Monday – Like for Likes (2016)

Starring: Lee Mi Yeon as Jo Kyeong Ah, Yoo Ah In as Noh Jin Woo, Kim Ju Hyuk as Jung Sung Chan, Choi Ji Woo as Ham Joo Ran, Kang Ha Neul as Lee Soo Ho, and Lee Som as Jang Na Yeon

Rating: PG-13, subject matter

Running Time: 120 min

Twinkies: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis:
Recently discharge from the military, Jin-Woo (Yoo Ah-In) is a popular actor. Gyung-A (Lee Mi-Yeon) is a screenwriter for television drama series. She doesn’t want to ask Jin-Woo, but asks him anyways to perform in her next drama series. Jin-Woo turns down her offer. At a wedding, Jin-Woo sees Gyung-A’s young child Bom. Jin-Woo wonders if he is the father.

Sung-Chan (Kim Ju-Hyeok) runs a small Japanese restaurant. Before his wedding, he leases an apartment from flight attendant Joo-Ran (Choi Ji-Woo), but Sung-Chan is dumped by his fiancé. At the same time, flight attendant Joo-Ran learns that she was ripped off and now doesn’t have a place to stay. Sung-Chan offers to share the apartment with her.

Soo-Ho (Kang Ha-Neul) is a songwriter. He is also deaf from a car accident that he was involved in high school. Soo-Ho has never had a girlfriend. He is a regular customer at Sung-Chan’s Japanese restaurant. One day, at Sung-Chan’s restaurant, he meets drama series producer Na-Yeon (Esom). They have a good time eating and drinking together. After exchanging messages on Facebook, Soo-Ho and Na-Yeon go on a few dates together. Soo-Ho is unable to tell her about his hearing disability.

Musings: I LOVE ensemble cast movies, especially the romances. I was originally going to save this for February but decided to lighten the movie reviewing mood and review something light and obviously fun. This movie truly fits the bill as it is 3 romance stories rolled into one movie and done very well because of the casting. The 3 couples represent all different types of relationships and circumstances.

My favorites? Absolutely Jin-Woo and Gyung-A as it represented the noona romance for all you lovers of that genre. Ji-Woo instantly falls for Gyung-A but because of their age differences as well as his superstar status, she fights against their relationship like a sinking ship. The scenes with these two are light and refreshing because of his insistence to be with her and her struggles against her attractions to him.

Second would definitely be Lee Soo Ho, and Jang Na Yeon, representing the young love with a twist. The twist being that he is deaf and is totally scared to let her know about his disability. As they met on social media and Soo Ho is very clever about hiding his disability, she has no idea but falls in love with him before she finds out. It is when she finds out that she struggles with the knowledge but as expected, a nice happily ever after as love wins out over social prejudices. YEAH!!

Last but not least is Jung Sung Chan and Ham Joo Ran. The more mature relationship as these two come together as a result of Sung Chan’s sweetness during Joo Ran’s stressful period of being jilted by her fiance and losing her home. It’s fun watching these relationship evolve as you can tell neither are ready or even willing to start a serious relationship again but as you expect, proximity changes all that.

Overall, a very satisfying movie to watch with perfect movie endings for all. I guess I shouldn’t expect nothing less from screenwriter Yoo Young-A which has brought so many of my favorite movies to the screen such as The Spy: Undercover Operation, 11:00 AM, My Paparotti, Miracle in Cell No.7, The Tower, and As One (just to name a few). You really cannot go wrong with this one!

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites.

I’m available on Twitter. Thanks to all of you Twinkles out here who are taking the time to read! If you have a suggestion for a future review, just leave me a comment! I’m always happy to have movie suggestions.

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7 thoughts on “Movie Monday – Like for Likes (2016)

  1. Just that one picture of Yoo Ah In looking all mega-movie star hot Was enough to convince me I need to watch this movie soon. Not to mention I’m a sucker for noona romances. Maybe because I’m firmly in noona territory myself. I refuse to be an ajumma yet.

  2. Thanks for the review…I didn’t even know about this film as I’m more of a drama person in terms of Korean entertainment. I also love stories with multiple romance plots. It’s also a nice coincidence that Lee Mi Yeon and Kim Joo Hyuk recently appeared as husband and wife in reply 1988 🙂

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