Baby-faced Beauty

Baby-faced Beauty (2011)

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This drama is a romantic-comedy centered around a 34-year-old woman Lee So-Young (Jang Na-Ra) with a babyface as she works to become a fashion designer and overcomes obstacles like having only having a high school diploma and a bad credit history.
Choi Jin-Wook (Daniel Choi) is the heir of the famous Jokbal restaurant with millions of dollars in annual revenue. But, Choi Jin-Wook goes against his father and leaves his parents' house. read moreChoi Jin-Wook starts to work at another company to accomplish his dream. Against his will, Choi Jin-Wook starts work in the fashion department. With his sweet character he survives there and meets Lee So-Young.

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    Youthful Beauty; Pretty Young Woman; Dongan Minyeo

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Feb 28, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
This is one of those dramas that promise more than they deliver. The story caught my interest - the idea of a baby-faced 34-years old beauty that has to conceal her age in order to advance in the design world who also happens to fall in love with a much younger boy in the process had the prospect of a very interesting and funny show, but I certainly set higher hopes than read more this drama accomplished.

The drama lacks depth - even for a light drama this seemed too light (and this is coming from a person who likes watching shallow things from time to time). It grabbed my attention from the very first episode, I was hooked! Then the following few episodes seemed very promising - the scenario unfolded brilliantly, the story kept getting better and better that I was eager to see more; the chemistry between the 2 main characters was also very pleasant. But about halfway through that spell broke. It felt as if the story got stuck in a point and it just dragged its way to the end. The romantic scenes between Lee So Young and Choi Jin Wook always left me wanting more. It was like something was missing. They had a real potential to develop the relationship on a deeper level but they kept it on the surface. To me this was the most disappointing aspect.

Acting: Even if you don't like light dramas or feel like you can't connect to this one, at least Choi Daniel is a good enough reason to watch it. If it wasn't for his character I might have given it up at one point. I would give him 10/10 for managing to put a smile on my face each time he appeared in a scene :)
The supporting roles also added to the humour of the drama. It wouldn't have been the same without Team Leader Kim Joon Soo ;)

Music: Pretty good. It completed the atmosphere quite well. Memorable enough to be recognize if heard outside the drama, but subtle enough to not even be noticed during the scenes.

Overall though, I guess this is a drama you should keep for when you want to have some light humour. One can certainly enjoy it, but don't expect much emotional depth.
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14 of 23 people found this review helpful
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Jul 11, 2011
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
My ratings for this are all over the place, which isn't a surprise given that my thoughts on Baby-faced Beauty is equally as scattered. In an attempt to organize my opinion, I'll just run through the given categories.

Story: I gave this a 6 for story instead of the intended 5 because the story is what initially drew me to BFB. Age is an intrinsic part of how Koreans read more socialize with one another through their actions and communication. And so it was interesting to watch a 34 year old designer-wannabe struggle to play the role of the complacent youngster who's just a tad bit too opinionated when drunk. However, and this might be just cultural difference talking, her deference bordered on aggravating spinelessness. It didn't help that her immediate environment is populated with the most unlikeable people I've ever encountered both fictionally and non. These people were spiteful for the sake of spitefulness, including her own family, and although some characters are redeemed towards the end, I needed to tap into my reserve of perseverance to endure that long. The story towards the end begins to flag, hitting a rut in which actual narrative tension is replaced with design contest after contest after contest. This might have had to do with the extension given to BFB: it also seemed that during this extension the writer remembered that there was supposed to be a romance, and so decided to throw in as many rom-com cliches as possible to satisfy that aspect of the show. The extension did this show no favors.

Acting/Cast: Really, this rating belongs to Daniel Choi. This show belongs to Daniel Choi. This goofy smile that spread across my face every time he was onscreen belongs to Daniel Choi. My heart belongs to Daniel Choi. The number one reason why I didn't drop Baby-faced Beauty was because I couldn't bear to drop Daniel Choi, who was delightfully immature yet sincere as Choi Jin Wook.

Overall: I wouldn't say that this drama is bad, and there were many moments that I thought were downright great. I finished the last episode with a smile on my face and the happy warmth that usually indicates my love for a show. However, taking into account the MANY times I wanted to give up on this show and how I had to force myself to trudge through for just one more hit of Daniel Choi, the best I can say is that Baby-faced Beauty for me was just watchable.
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Same kind of feel in both dramas. The female starts of small and weak and gets stronger towards the end. Both are designers.
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Both revolve around making both the female lead always competes with the 2nd female lead who tries every trick to win!
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    Nesrine Jun 4, 2015

    wow jung Na Ra never ages lol

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    ikeaqaqa Mar 5, 2015

    I like this drama sooooooo muchhhhhh, what i like the most of course it's love story between choi daniel n jang nara. I can see how much he loves her, and she loves him too, but she just think that their ages differences is the biggest problem. But when choi daniel came to know about that, he still loves her, and jang nara shows her feeling towards him at the end. And i like how daniel choi is trying to help her no matter what and if i being her, of course i will love him too. And the last thing that i like about this drama is the hero is not pictured as a veryyyyyy rich man, but they still have a sweet date like an ordinary couple:)

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    Blademan2 Nov 3, 2014
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      ROSE Nov 8, 2014

      lol as usual they start very well then ruin the whole drama I skipped the last eps I couldn't handle it anymore :D

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      Blademan2 Nov 8, 2014

      They just seem to get more and more despicable, it's like, do the writers enjoy writing such stupidity? Seriously....

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      ROSE Nov 9, 2014

      I don't know why they keep doing this , it ruins everything .

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      Blademan2 Nov 9, 2014

      They sure do, I so agree with you, 100% of the way.

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    Oh my so cute couple..I loved them! And choi daniel too.. the epic catwalk was just so hilarious haha and very funny..I love it!!!haha I'll recommend this one guys.. the sweet and cute moments I was touched..:)

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    Gess90 May 12, 2014

    if it wasn't for Yoon Seo I would have liked it much more. She's just too hateful.
    But the story itself and the other actor were really awesome. I loved them

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    Thisguy2011 Feb 25, 2014

    i really need this drama. I haven't watched anything to awesome in a long while and this was just that.

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    ROSE Oct 19, 2013

    very funny I'm glad I'm watching this drama
    it's very sweet and cute :)

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    orangetree Sep 18, 2013

    The first epi is so so hilarious !

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    Aerovinity Sep 9, 2013

    Rewatch Value: Daniel Choi/10.

    If I were to re-watch BFB, I'd do it for him and the cutesy couple stuff with Na Ra. <3

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    Grace_kelly Aug 28, 2013
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      ROSE Oct 19, 2013

      he's a good father . Yun Seo isn't a good person as well
      for me he and lee seo are a good couple

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      Blademan2 Oct 30, 2014

      Not just as the character, I have never liked Ryu Jin, he's always an overbearingly controlling, arrogant prick in all the drama's I've seen with him in them, and this drama is no different...

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      Blademan2 Oct 31, 2014
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    solia Jul 5, 2013

    I watched this while it was airing and actually stuck with it. the romance is cute -not your typical male lead. The fact that jang na ra looks so young and does have a baby face. I always looked forward to seeing the designed clothes.
    This drama is light and has a lot of sweetness to it. if you're board and have time to watch give it a try.

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    LuvK May 30, 2013

    i like the romance, it was cute, not over the top romance, so yeah, i like it......

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    Livvy May 13, 2013

    for me this drama was ok, there were quite a few cute and funny parts and i liked the couple but i found myself skipping through quite a few parts too that bored me :/

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    fatima_july Feb 18, 2013

    i am glad i gave this drama a chance and watched it, the leads were so cute together

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    dpcirizarry123 Feb 14, 2013

    I agree! I have never laughed so much & so hard. He was amazing!


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    South Korea
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    May 2, 2011 to Jul 5, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    6.9 (scored by 3,003 users)
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