Ex-Grilfriend Club (구여친클럽)
Synopsis: Bang Myeong Soo is a popular writer who wrote a webtoon series about his past relationships. Kim Soo Jin is a film producer who’s prepared to do whatever it takes to save their failing production company. Because of this, she accepts the assignment to produce a webtoon adaptation and discovers that her ex-boyfriend, Myeong Soo, is the author. As the movie starts shooting, Myeong Soo’s other ex-girlfriends all reappears at the same time in Myeong Soo’s life.
Country: South Korea
Genre: comedy, romance
Casting: Song Ji Hyo, Byun Yo Han, Lee Yoon Ji, Ryu Hwa Yeong, Jang Ji Eun…
Everyone has his/her own simple pleasure. Ex Girlfriend Club was mine for a few weeks. Lots of people didn’t like it and the viewing rate was apparently pretty bad too, considering how it was cut down to 12 episodes. Tough! But I’m not afraid to shout it out loud *stand on a table*: I liked Ex Girlfriend Club ! (at least, its first half).
The drama seemed pretty cliché at first but it managed to stand out thanks to the story about the ex girlfriend who, overnight, met each other letting place to hilarious situations. All of that backed up by the world of cinema which always fascinated me (King of Drama, The World Within…) with its problem of production, writing, making etc… Ex Girlfriend Club wasn’t an exception to the rule. Plus let’s be honest for a second: who can resist that guy?
The critic I would retain against that drama would be its tendecy to go round and round, losing by doing so, all its thrill along the episodes (unfortunately!). The first part of the drama was awesome but I can’t say the same of the second one. I made the same critic about Surplus Princess and, unfortunately Ex Girlfriend Club followed the same pattern. That’s why I’m saying: in the end 12 episodes were enough. Not too long, not too short! That prevented the drama to be even more plain in the end, thanks goodness.
The main character were overall as much pleasant as the supporting role (especially Kim Su Jin’s brother-in-law XD)
Kim Su Jin (Song Ji Hyo) was somewhat banal. She didn’t surprised me but it matched the image I had of her before starting the drama. Kim Su Jin was a character that you wished to have as a friend. I think Ji Hyo (blankji powa) had a lot to do in that, since in the end Kim Su Jin was our Ji Hyo from Running Man, only in more romanticized (normal since it was a rom-com!). I pitied her in the firsts episodes. Everything went wrong in her life: her company, her financial situation and the magnificent blow gave by Myeong Soo ….ouch! being put like that in the friend zone…that hurts! For a second it was like seeing all over again Oh Jin Hee, the character Ji Hyo played in Emergency Couple. Fortunately she didn’t let herself being downhearted by those invasive exs. She tried her best to not be completely crushed and proved hat she had as much temper as them. On the other hand I didn’t like her naivety and how she always goggled to show her lack of understanding about a situation (especially concerning Jo Geon’s feeling for her). That blindness didn’t match with the rest of her character. But overall, Kim Su Jin was a pleasant character.
Bang Myeong Soo (Byeon Yo Han) was the character I liked the most for the simple and good reason that he broke the classic picture of the dramalandien hero. Myeong Soo is the total opposite of the beloved/jackass rich CEO. He is simple, normal. He is like everyone and that’s that feature that finally makes him appealing. We like him for his qualities as well as his flaws. It took me some time to understand his relationship with his exs. I thought him too passive when facing those strong women. But that was before, I put myself in his shoes. We can clearly see that he sincerely loved those women. They are part of his past but he can’t for all that completely forget them. They represent both good and bad memories. That was finally this realistic approach that I liked the most. My only regret was how boring his character turned out near the end. He became too possessive and jealous. But well, like I said: we liked Myeong Soo also for his flaws.
Jo Geon (Do Sang Woo) was the most disappointing character. I found him useless to not say bloody tiring. I never considered him as a potential rival for Myeong Soo since we could clearly see that Kim Su Jin had NO feeling for him. The scriptwriter, who didn’t dare put him into a definite category, made him weak: he barely spiced the plot. I hated how he always butt in Myeong Soo and Su Jin’s relation even when they were a couple. Added to this a personality not in the least appealing. A character I’ll conveniently forget in short.
Let’s get to the heart of the drama: the exs
Let’s start our introduction with the oldest:
Ji Ah aka “the cat” (Jang Ji Eun). She was the one I liked the less. We could feel from the start that she still loved Myeong Soo. She was fake and hid her feeling. She always behaved with attitude whereas in reality she was only hurt. The problem was that I didn’t buy that sentimental side of her. It was a bit too easy to come back, make eyes at Myeong Soo whereas she was the one dumping him in the past for a marriage with a rich guy.
Then we had Ra Ra aka “the fox” (Ryu Hwa Yeong). First I would like to say, for those who didn’t recognise her, that Hwa Yeong is an ancient member of T-ARA. Yes. BUT she fooled us quite well with her performance. I even thought she was an actress before recognising her. So, for those who have prejudice against idols playing in dramas -just like me-, there was no problem here. About her character now: Ra Ra brought her amount of spice with her reply and glamour. She always spoke her mind and was the first to show affection towards the other exs, bringing them closer in the end. She was refreshing. I also liked her connection with Jo Geon which allowed us to see a more serious side of her. A nice ex in short.
And finally, Hwa Jeong aka “the lioness”. I simply loved her! She made me burst in laugh in the firsts episode. She was completely hysteric XD . Her reaction were epic (with her big bulging eye and the background music which seemed to come straight out of a horror movie everytime she appeared…haha). Lee Yoo Ji must have had lots of fun playing her character! That’s crazy how the personality and looks of each of them actually matched with their assigned animals. Hwa Yeong lost her spark through the drama though. Her character became more predictable and therefore less interesting. A shame.
To sum up the biggest flaw of Ex Girlfriend was its incapacity to keep up with the pace. But I’m willing to forget the last episodes for the first ones. Let yourself be won over by this cute romance.
Note de Whoovy: 7/10
Note de Dushbadou: 7/10
Note finale: 7/10