One More Happy Ending (한번 더 해피엔딩)
Synopsis: Han Mi Mo was once an idol group member, but she now works as a representative of a remarriage consulting business. She gives honest answers to her customers who hope to remarry. Song Soo Hyuk is a divorced man in his thirties with an 11-year-old son. He is a good-looking gossip reporter who looks like he is still in his twenties. “One More Happy Ending” will deal with the stories of the divorced, who dream of becoming happy one more time.
Country: South Korea
Genre: Romance, comedy
Casting: Jang Na Ra, Jung Kyung Ho, Kwon Yool, Yoo In Na, Yoo Da In, Seo In Young, Kim Tae Hoon etc…
One More Happy Ending was a refreshing rom-com with the right amount of humour, cheesiness (though they could have gone easier on that point) and touching scenes. What I most enjoyed was Han Mi Mo’s wild imagination and the little scenes at the beginning of most episodes (which displayed the character in different era and movies) so as to resume where we had stopped. I also greatly appreciated the scriptwriter’s attempt to give a realistic touch to the drama. It deeply explored the relation between men and women and the meaning of marriage. All characters had interesting stories and I was thankful to see them taking their time to develop all characters, while giving importance to each of their relation (though I might have liked seeing a bit more of Song Su Hyeok and his son’s relation, cause they were adorable together).
The main couple (Han Mi Mo and Song Su Hyeok) was hilarious and perfect -despite being at times too corny when together- while the friendship between Angel’s former member gave me the same pleasant vibe than the ones displayed in I Need A Romance and Gentleman’s Dignity (but as a woman’s edition).
You had characters for every tastes: Go Dong Min (Yoo In Na) the old fashioned and eternal single in search of the great love, Hong Ae Ran (Seo In Young) the hot-tempered and arrogant model who didn’t like to be cheated on and returned hundredfold men’s wrongdoings, and Baek Da Jeong (Yu Da In) the withdrawn married woman who had given up all hope of living a happy family life and faced other ordeal. That later was actually the one touching me the most as her problems seemed more real and her gloominess better justified than the one of her friends who seemed to always complain for nothing (especially Han Mi Mo who sometimes was tactless and rather selfish). Go Dong Min was equally pleasant as she perfectly counter-balanced the seriousness of Baek Da Jeong’s character and Hong Ae Ran added the sexy and spicy touch to the quartet- though she tended to stand less than the other.
The third wheel of the love triangle -Goo Hae Jun (Kwon Yul) wasn’t that unpleasant either. Playing that role is always hard, as you either end up being a drag to the drama or a pitiful character. But Goo Hae Jun got by fine -despite showing great jealousy and childishness- as the scriptwriter built for him a past justifying his behaviour (being stuck in two love triangles with your best friend is a tough fate). In the end the only character who tended to annoy me was Wu Yeon Su (Hwang Seon Hee). She was the real drag of the drama. She was everything but subtle in her remark towards her ex-husband -Goo Hae Joon. This way of showing off her arranged date to Goo Jae Hoon and constantly throwing to his face sentences like ‘I want to find someone 100 time better than you, I don’t mind being hurt by them it will still be better than the pain you gave me’ made me rolled my eyes more than once. Even though such remarks were justified, I would have liked to see her being more discreet in her obvious attempt to gain him back. But fortunately she wasn’t that much of an important character. In my opinon they just created her so as to make Goo Hae Jun character less pitiful (and on that point they succeeded: though he didn’t get the heroine, he was still loved by someone).
One More Happy Ending was therefore, to my eyes, more than just a banal rom-com. Of course it took back most of the classical ingredients of that genre (cheesiness, cuteness, innocence etc…) but it had this little extra thing in its plot that made him one of the best in its category. Besides it had a brilliant casting. Jung Kyung Ho has once again proved to me his talent (will I ever cease to be amazed by that actor? I doubt it) and Jang Na Ra perfectly embodied the innocence and sufferance of her character. So if you’re up for a rom-com I suggest you to not lose more of your time and jump on its first episode! you won’t regret it.
Note de Dushbadou: 8.5/10
Note de Whoovy: 7.5/10
Note finale: 8/10