Drinking Solo

Drinking Solo (2016)

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The story depicts people drinking alcohol alone for different reasons and the romance between Jin Jeong Seok and Park Ha Na. They both work at a private institute for people preparing for their civil service examinations in Noryangjin, Seoul. He is an arrogant, but popular instructor and she is a rookie instructor who struggles to survive in the private institute world.

  • Native title:

    혼술남녀
  • Also Known as:

    Honsul Couple; Drinking Alone; Let’s Drink;

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maakopla
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Oct 27, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
This is a really outstanding drama. Down to earth, very realistic, warm and comforting. Some of the biggest problems and taboos of contemporary Korean society are discussed in a sensitive manner but in a gentle way with a hint of humor. The balance between comedy and drama is good. The flow is good but some of the episodes feel stretched and I think that this drama would have been perfect if it read more had less episodes. Also, the last plot twist between Ha Na and Jin Suk was too forced and obvious, and didn't go too well with the otherwise innovative and original plot.

The characters are consistent. I like how they are classified into certain types with certain typical character traits. The acting is really superb but the only one who disappointed me was Jung Chae Yeon. I understand her character was special but her acting was way too stiff.

I know that I will miss the characters of this drama the most. The show was not turbulent or dramatic and I will miss that calm atmosphere a lot. It was still interesting enough to watch episode by episode and I didn't really feel bored while watching.
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BrightestStar
10 people found this review helpful
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Oct 27, 2016
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Overall entertaining, and gave me great laughs.

I went in for the theme. The idea of having time for your own, to do things alone and enjoy that time fully. It is something that is important to me, and here they exploit it perfectly. The way prof Jin enjoyed his *drinking solo* felt like he was my kindred spirit.

I think the best thing about this drama is that screen presence was read more evened out among the cast. It isn't just the main love story and those that surrounds it. We have a setting, and we explore the different lives and experiences of those involved there. The setting is an institution that gives classes for people who want to pass the civil exam and be employed by the government. The drama tells us two different stories in that setting, that of the teachers there (pretty similar to typical romcoms) and that of the students and the things they do cause by the pressure.

I won't rehash what everyone is saying, but I agree the trio were hilarious. First time I watch Key in a drama, but really he was effortlessly the heart of it. My favourite was Kim Dong Yeong, I could relate to him the most. He felt the most realistic person there, naturally down to earth, and a total sweetheart. I gotta add I totally enjoyed all the scenes of the impersonator, he was pure fun. As for the other teacher, she wasn't bad, but too petty for an extended period of time. The director was hilarious as well. I actually wished for him to divorce since he seems so miserable with his current life.

For me it lost points on

-Inefficiency: Not only were the episodes long, but there were many dragged out scenes or events that are there to fill the time with no purpose of advancing the story. I think the drama would've benefitted being cut to 12 episodes

-The last 2 episodes: I do hate Noble Idiocy, but the was it was done here was the most nonsensical, to the point I didn't want the couple back together. And I actually was very forgiving of the lead, and maybe one of the few that found him cute while dating. Also the secondary couple were left out too last minutes. In the end they were cute, but it would've been better to explore the relationship better.

Despite my remarks on the pacing and the ending, I'd say it's still worth checking out for the laughs, as well as the heartfelt moments here.

p.s. I do wonder though is it normal for women to be this irresponsible when drinking outside this often?
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well ithink it's jut a drinking solo with no food. the lead arrogant too at first and starring become more soft and the female lead too have the same aura i think
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the food section is same. it's about a man and a food with love spicy plus comedy and but the diffrent is the male lead is not arrogant but mystery and really funny
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    suu_ 11 days ago - edited

    What kind of dialect does Key use? It's hilarious xD

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    baekinha Dec 11, 2016
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    sadhana Nov 28, 2016 - edited

    Is the ending so much disappointing?should i start this drama or not?suggestions plz

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      underwater_bubble Dec 2, 2016

      It's good and really funny!!! Only episodes 14 and 15 are not as funny as the other ones. The ending is nice! ^^

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      sadhana Dec 3, 2016

      Tnq.

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    rumtumcat Nov 27, 2016 - edited

    came here for Ha Suk Jin haha

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      netuno 2 days ago

      eu também assisti a esse por causa do Ha Suk Jin, já que tinha terminado de ver 1% of something. =D

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    Winter_ Nov 26, 2016 - edited

    I like how everyone is this drama is main lead. so funny drama and for sure slice of life. and I loved LOVE the 3 amigos lol. I juset saw that most of them used their real names in this drama!

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    nadia Nov 25, 2016 - edited

    still wondering if I should start watching it or no... is this really worth it?

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      ZaneAraki Nov 25, 2016

      The noble idiocy in the last episode totally change my view of this drama. What could've become a solid drama becomes a cringe-worthy one. Despite the excellent comedy and slice of life part of the drama, the last episode really killed my mood.

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    elizabeth Nov 25, 2016

    Pls stop with the quality quality quality.. ...ahhhhhh!!!

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    educto1 Nov 17, 2016

    The side characters are what made this drama hilarious

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    firiel Nov 16, 2016

    Key <3

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    ajo_94 Nov 14, 2016 - edited

    A very heart warming and light drama. It builds a very comfortable yet strong aura around you, Just go for it!!!!! sit back and relax.

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    hyerim Nov 11, 2016

    Amazing drama, everyone had their own happy ending! I'm very sorry to hear what happened to the producer of the show, my condolences to his loved ones and may he rest in peace. Uncertain about the details but I hope justice prevails.

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    beep90 Nov 8, 2016

    yo'll better give me a season 2 or i will cut someone up

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    Yara Nov 1, 2016
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    LuvK Oct 31, 2016

    I had a love and hate relationship with this drama, I did love the side characters' stories. Main cast, I did enjoy them, but I don't know. I wish there was a development with the brothers. So I'm not sure how to place this. I love the ending, but didn't at the same time with the main leads at least.

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    SaraXD Oct 31, 2016

    I catch myself wanting to use ti-ro-re in real life but can't cuz no one will get it XD

    ...and they'll find me weird like I thought Key was weird saying it.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Sep 5, 2016 to Oct 25, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    60 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    7.9 (scored by 1,709 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1056
  • Popularity:

    #327

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