My Unfortunate Boyfriend

My Unfortunate Boyfriend (2015)

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Yoon Tae Woon is a man who believes in living truthfully, so he is honest to a fault. On the other hand, Yoo Ji Na is a woman who has no qualms about lying to get what she wants. She is just starting out at a corporate job, determined to succeed at any cost. The drama will demonstrate how their unlikely romance turns out to be true love.

  • Native title:

    나의 유감스러운 남자친구
  • Also Known as:

    Naui Yoogamseureowoon Namjachingoo;

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NekoMinSeo
12 people found this review helpful
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Jun 3, 2015
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 5.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
So, first thing first, the synopsis is misleading. The guy takes the role of the Gary Sue character in place of the main girl and the whole point of the drama is the relationship between this innocent and naive flower boy (literally) with a woman that would do anything for her carreer. The premise sounds original enough and I considered it to be at least very good in the comedy department. I read more wasn't wrong. I have been following No Min Woo recently too and I was really excited to see him in a different role than the usual poker face'd one, as well as looking forward for another drama with Yang Jin Sung which I find to be an extremely good actress to be able to play a diversity of roles (note Bride of the Century).

The first episode was kind of awkward, but it was easy to get into it and follow it loyally till the few last episodes. The drama likes to play a lot on the contrast between Tae Woon and Ji Na which worked till up to episode 10 or so, however after that I felt like the plot started to drag out considerably. The tone of the show was not as colorful anymore and I found hard to feel for Tae Woon's situation. They started to pull out a lot of excuses and issues that were never actually a problem, also apologizing and taking blame for something that was not even in their power to stop and I really feel like episodes 12 and 13 were a complete waste of time. The story only got up to 7 for me because it attempted to be fresh and entertaining for most of the time, but in the end it just bit itself with it.

Character and cast wise, I feel like No Min Woo did a really good job. It was a new role for him that I think he handled perfectly, no matter how badly written Tae Woon might have been. However the rest of the characters tend to shine for a while and then bite themselves and going back to be simply "cliche'd troupes"; of the genre. Ji Na was a brilliant character that through the last few episodes just started to act like a dead fish, letting the people around her monologue their pains to her and she being completely ambigous about it. They turned an initially ambitious woman in a Marry Sue that can't tie two thoughts together and don't tell me that she had a reason for it because the drive and bluntness she had in the beginning couldn't have just jumped out the window. It was a complete waste of potential. Kang Hee Chul is also one of the strong points of the show in the beginning and safely stays as one till the last 10 minutes of the last episode, he completely took the spotlight from Tae Woon more than once, he was intriguing and I really liked his inner struggle between his feelings and his ambitions; a complex character that in the end just didn't deliver because of the "second main guy" barrier and because I guess the plot demanded him to. About Hye Mi, she also surprised me in a pleasant way, I didn't expect her to be that likeable and I feel it's the first time besides maybe Bride of the Century case that I really felt for her and I hoped she will get something good out of it all...but that too backlashed at her when she started to act too much like a pain and a badly used cliche. However the actors didn't disappoint. This drama actually made me curious in following Jung Yoon Hak. He wasn't perfect, but I find him to have a very fascinating charm that other actors miss.

Soundtrack wise it was...alright I guess. Average. Forgettable. I usually do pay attention to these things, so this time I really didn't feel like any of the songs stand out. Some were nice and funny, but that's really all.

You know? I really wanted to give this drama a 7 but in the end counting all overall problems that I had with it in the last 6 episodes, I just couldn't bring myself to. 7 is still a Good rating for me but it was more closer to Fine (6) due to its trying to be original and I chose to value that.
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blackstar_aria
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Jun 3, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 5.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.5
Generally I will not write a review if there are 2 others posted; but I really liked Unfortunate Boyfriend, and no one has mentioned how hilarious it was. Yes, the premise is very different from the description, and yes, the first 2 eps are slow, but this drama was funny, cute and different.
The good: In at least 4 different episodes I had laughing fits, the uncomfortable nature of the comedy in read more the beginning had me literally rolling on the floor. How hot is No Min Woo? I needed a few more fanservice shots, but we have a topless No Min Woo, a wet No Min Woo and a guitar playing No Min Woo. No Min Woo was so believable, that I thought he was playing a mentally challenged adult. But No Min Woo is not the only actor that stood out, the whole supporting cast was really good with few exceptions. I felt as if every character in this story had some development, change or epiphany, and unlike many other dramas the change was so gradual, realistic and well planned. In real life every event or situation we encounter challenges our way of thinking and sometimes our mode of operation causing us to evaluate ourselves- I liked that the characters also went through the same. The ending was sweet, but it should have taken 2 more episodes to complete.
The Bad: The first episode turned me away from this drama because the main female lead appeared to be manipulative (but she wasn’t).The second male lead looked so old in some shots and I could not connect with his acting plus occasionally Yang JinSung’s face looked frozen (maybe it was the makeup used?).
I would really recommend this drama as a rom-com that is funny, a little raunchy, written for folks over 17, and No Min Woo stans . The story has a great message, a great cast and a really good ending. There are no evil mothers, spiteful ex-girlfriends, and the love triangle formed was so super weak that there was no real need to “fight” for love. I liked it give it 3 episodes and you will too!
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both have nice/innocent male leads and have prickly/bossy female leads.
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Both have a cute and innocent male lead and good comedy. The story lines are different though. I liked SKL better but both worth to be watched and are good dramas.
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    claudya87 Apr 16, 2017

    I swear No Min Woo has a talent to pick the worst series/characters.

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    Koteuni Feb 24, 2017 - edited
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    mandachan21 Aug 17, 2016

    seriously cute with very light story. The story not dragging.
    Psst..no min woo with this hairstyle really look alike fujii ryusei. little. Cute.

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    Taylor Aug 6, 2016

    Watched this on a whim and absolutely loved it! Its cute and a bit funny. A real fun non-stressful watch. :)

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    KimWanHee Mar 13, 2016

    Watching the trailer and not reading the synopsis or anything else about it beforehand makes you think "What...is this? That looks sooo funny" ^.^ Now I'm really curious

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    jupiter Mar 1, 2016

    It was really cute and different, I enjoyed watching it :)

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    Nickieness Nov 15, 2015

    Usually there's always someone who gets an unhappy ending in dramas'. I found this drama really fluffy and nice. I don't know if it's cause I've seen a lot of serious stuff lately, but I found it refreshing. I finished it in 2 days. :O Min Woo's character was really easy to empasize with. I loved mr. unfortunate !!! and the kiss in episode 11 soo cute!!!

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    KdramaAddict94 Nov 4, 2015

    unlike most people I didn't find this boring... i was actually getting bored of watching kdramas (as i have seen so many and really good ones as well so my standards are so high) but there was just something about the main couple and No Min Woo's character that had me invested in this drama...it was refreshing...so used to seeing arrogant male leads and innocent female leads that seeing the roles reversed in a sense had me hooked...No Min Woos character was so charming and cute ^.^ ..and together Yang Jin Sung (ive always thought of her as a cute and good actress) it was just sparks! so yes there isnt much to the storyline at all but the main couple had me hooked :)

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    MissLalaMoon Sep 19, 2015

    I like this drama. It got me back into watching dramas again. It's not over the top like most K-Dramas. It's different and that is what I liked about it. I would give it a shot if you like cute things. No Min Woo was adorable throughout the whole thing and I normally don't like it when characters are overly cute, but this was okay. Yang Jin Sung was amazing as well, I love her acting. She was a great female lead in my opinion. But I can see why people didn't like it, but I would watch it first before making a full opinion about it. Watch it and see what happens. You either like it and continue it or not like it and drop it.

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    jxsilicon9 Jul 13, 2015

    I thought all that stuff about the past they brought up would enter into the story. But it was just pointless and glossed over.

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    abracadabra Jul 1, 2015

    It was kinda cute and simple - I like the ending...

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    noathings Jun 18, 2015

    meh, it was okay. Got fcking stupid at times. Still watched it.

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    pooneh Jun 15, 2015 - edited

    Does it have a happy ending? Is it worth watching?

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    HAMEX Jun 9, 2015

    Yoon Hak's jaw so stand out, always steal my eyes whenever he appear :D

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    Brookiebbz Jun 8, 2015

    I just about managed to finish this drama. It is a cute drama but very boring (from about like half way through), I think I watched it to the end because it was a very simple drama. Nothing great

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Apr 10, 2015 to May 30, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
  • Network:

    MBC Dramanet
  • Duration:

    50 min.

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  • Score:

    7.2 (scored by 1,957 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1757
  • Popularity:

    #325

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