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The first thing that I noticed when I started Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food (also, Something In The Rain) was its look: subtle, washed with muted colours, soft. There is a distinct old school vibe in the execution. I’m glad the show maintained this to the end, albeit a few exceptions. It’s a drama that will surely make one swoon and also make one annoyed. And yes, it successfully transports us to a rainy, misty season, giving a ‘lazy, lying in bed and listening to radio’ feel which I really loved.
This is a love story between a working woman in her 30s (Yoon Jin Ah) and a younger guy (Seo Joon Hee, also in his 30s) who is also her best friend’s brother. The show is about their dating phase and the obstacles they face to reach the happily ever after. Some workplace plot also makes up the story.
I’m not a fan of stories where main characters fall in love at lightning speed. I can still take that in movies but in my dramas and TV, I want that slow build up so that I can fully get on-board the love train. Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food has the hero fall in love instantly just because he finds Jin Ah pretty. Now, I can get the infatuation or attraction if you find someone charming but then the level of intensity he shows is just not that convincing when you consider the start of his love. As for Jin Ah, I did enjoy how she finally falls for him after initially thinking of him only as her friend’s little brother. That did make me giddy (Especially the hand holding scene under the table of a pub.) Another downside to such fast track love is that you get bored with too much sweetness and cheese in the romantic scenes and they look repetitive.
The main struggle for our couple comes in the form of Jin Ah’s mother. Surprisingly, it is not the age factor that plays the prime role but Joon Hee’s family status even when he is doing a decent job professionally. The mom character is super annoying due to her rudeness and stubbornness. I just could not understand her basis for the way she acted at various points of the drama. Plus, the way the conflict is resolved, if you can call it that, is also not compelling.
Jin Ah and Joon Hee are not too good at being honest in their relationship. After the lovey-dovey phase and during that too, there is a lack of understanding and communication between the two. Their separation during last few episodes and arguments didn’t hold much water. Especially I didn’t like Jin Ah much as she never learns from her mistakes, is very impulsive and is not mature. She is also quite weak, crying at a drop of hat. Joon Hee is also too intense, short-tempered and possessive in some parts.
Then there is the case of Jin Ah’s ex-boyfriend. He looks too much like a stock villain in contrast to the realness the drama wants to show. I do get that there are abusive relationships but he just was too over-the-top. The workplace harassment puts up an important issue in forefront but then leaves it more or less open. Nothing changes for the main people in the wrong but Jin Ah herself gets a transfer — so disappointing.
The length of the episodes is very long with speed slower than snail, consisting of unnecessary paused moments, elongated moments and long flashbacks with original pace and length. I wish they had used such duration for giving some weight to character growth and satisfactory conflict resolution.
I did like the friendship between Jin Ah and her bestie Kyung Sun, as well as how Jin Ah’s brother is on the couple’s team. I liked the soundtrack which radiates feelings of rain, stillness and peace but it’s overused in some places. I also loved Jin Ah’s office colleague Geum Bo Ra, who has the guts, spunk and sense of humour. I liked her arc and the fact that she finally quit her job and started doing something of her own.
Acting wise, Jung Hae In is just so adorable! His smile and his romantic gestures are simply swoonworthy. Son Ye Jin is also charming but as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t like the role much. The leads have a comfortable chemistry and their romantic scenes were cute and swoony. Jang So Yun is brilliant, as is her character.
In the end, Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food is both good and bad, but unsatisfactory mostly.
My Rating: 7 out of 10
Your review is on point. Jin Ah was just a representation that I absolutely hated. Especially in today’s society. I have watched some YouTube channels and have a few people from South Korea and to have someone act the way she did, weak, immature, impulsive, and selfish, was just disappointing. It was like watching a teenage try to navigate adulthood. The drama itself wasn’t horrible. I actually liked it. It just sucked that they are still showing parents as having a huge hand in their kids decisions.
Maybe it is the culture thing that the parents interfere so much in the kids’ decisions. But Jin Ah’s mom was just of another level horrible..lol
I did like Jin Ah during starting episodes where I thought she was just working sincerely but also has some mischievous nature in her (like how she took her small revenge against her ex-BF) but as the drama continued, she kept making me feel frustrated by her actions and reactions.
Thanks for the comment…glad we have same thoughts about the show 🙂
Nice review 🙂 I didn’t make past a few eps of this one because I found it so slow. The couple was cute enough but nothing was really grabbing me. Too bad.
Thanks Kay! 🙂
Yes….one of my main complaints from the drama was that it was just tooooo slow unnecessarily. The leads got together too soon…so their scenes after intial phase became repetitive and boring…lol…I continued as it was a live watch…maybe if i had to marathon, I would have dropped 😉
I think Jin Ah’s feeling towards Joon Hee developed gradually when she met him again after he came back from the States. But his feeling for her must have been there more or less, since they knew each other from childhood, and kind of grew up together.
Ya…JH might be having a crush from the time much earlier than we saw. I just wish we had seen that. I agree with gradual realisation for JA. Still, I think it would have been more fun if we did see the mutual development in attraction….or maybe the show wants to talk about other issues and not just the romance.
Nice review and I agree with you. This is my first kdrama that I skipped few minutes of the romance scene. Too bad.
Thanks Missy! 🙂
Haha….I know what you mean…romance is the main highlight of a Kdrama…but in this show, I got tired of it way too soon 😀