Mary Stayed Out All Night

Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010)

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Wi Mae Ri is the cheerful, pragmatic daughter of a failed businessman who had grown used to being constantly on the move to escape from debtors. She becomes fast friends with the free-spirited indie singer Kang Moo Kyul when she nearly ran him over in a car. Meanwhile, her father Wi Dae Han is saved from his debtors by his old friend, Jung Suk, who had just returned from considerable success in read morethe Japanese entertainment industry. Jung Suk, who had harboured a secret love for Mae Ri's mother, sets up a deal with Dae Han to have Mae Ri marry his son, Jung In. In a desperate attempt to escape this predicament, Mae Ri begs Moo Kyul to pose as her husband, and finds herself in even more trouble than before when her father proposes a 100-day period in which she has to divide her time equally between Moo Kyul and Jung In, after which she has to decide who to marry.

  • Native title:

    매리는 외박중
  • Also Known as:

    Marry Me, Mary! ; Maerineun Oebakjoong

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Jul 17, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
When I think of this drama, the thing I remember most fondly is the music. Mary Stayed Out All Night has a KILLER soundtrack! This is truly the first drama I watched where:

A) I even noticed the music in a positive way, i.e., not thinking to myself, “I'm sick of hearing this song.”

B) Halfway through, went desperately searching for the entire O.S.T.

C) Found it and played it on repeat read more in my iPod for months.

The sweet and thoughtful “I Will Promise You” was the first song to grab hold of me. Jang Geun Suk’s gentle crooning over the playful, melodic acoustic guitar chords reminds me of waking up on a rainy Saturday morning. You know, the kind of morning where you get up slowly, make yourself a yummy breakfast and snuggle up in your favorite, most comfy pajamas for most of the day? Yeah, it totally took me there. And the upbeat and flirty “Hello Hello” is the song you play as you leave home on a bright and sunny morning, ready to seize the day and give it your best!

I found that all of the songs on the soundtrack took me to someplace, and they painted a vivid and wonderful background for the drama. Which is good, since the plotline for Mary tasks the characters with creating an O.S.T. for a fictional drama within the drama.

Now that I’ve waxed poetic about the music, I’ll move on the actual drama details. :)

This drama is like junk food. It’s the kind of drama you watch when you’re in the mood for something cute, but not necessarily ground-breaking or deep. It’s good when you want to watch some eye candy with brains and emotions; when you want to watch a youthful, fun drama with a decent plotline and fairly witty writing. You can’t walk into a drama like Mary with high expectations about character development, moral issues (but it is successful with regard to some of that), and dynamic plot twists and turns. You really just have to take it for what it is. Quirky and kind of cute.

The actors are very likeable in their roles and do a good job portraying their characters. Moon Geun Young is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE in the character of Mary. It’s all I could do to resist putting her in my pocket. She and Jang Geun Suk have wonderful chemistry, despite the fact that they dress like homeless people. I chalked it up as being a part of their eccentric charm.

Geun Suk is a moody, stoic, slightly arrogant and detached rocker--a role he’s played before, I think--but he’s also pretty funny with good one-liners and shows growth as the drama progresses. Kim Jae Wook is the misunderstood and terribly awkward business man that also grows through the series. As I am someone who is commonly (and tragically) a lover of the secondary male lead over the primary, my heart went out to him.

The only warning and major dislike I have is that the parents in this drama drove me BANANAS. Their rationale for their actions was just absurd and outdated, frustrating me greatly. The thought of the parents alone have stopped me from re-watching this drama, unfortunately. If they weren’t so irrational, I’d rate this much higher for re-watch value.

The “re-watch” value for the music, however, is a 10, hands down!
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Apr 3, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Although many people say that this drama sucked, i have to say i LOVE IT SOOOO MUCH. Personally. it wasn't the story that kept me watching. I mean the idea is interesting ,but I've seen this situation before and it's obvious whats gonna happen as soon as you get introduced to all the characters. However if i stopped watching a drama just because it was predictable i wouldn't watch dramas period (especially read more romance dramas because most of them are predictable). The main reason i adore this drama is because of the character. how the actors interact with each other is exactly why i love it.The heroines determination is very admirable and the relationship between the heroin and the male leads (and her insane father) is what kept me watching.So i do agree , this show is on the predictable side of the spectrum,but besides that i think that its a great drama. if your looking for a show with good music and great characters,and dont mind a predictable scenario this is a great choice.
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Both dramas are about contract relationship.

In "Something about 1 percent" they enter fake relationship to fulfill wish of male leads' grandfather, in "Mary stayed out all night" they do it so the female lead doesn't have to marry a man she does not love.
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Both have practically the same story. The problematic father who has debts to pay, the main male lead singer, the male second lead businessman that works with the female lead, an annoying second female lead, etc.
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    Wavery Leanna Mar 5, 2017

    Too much arguing and shouting for me with the fathers. Otherwise my heart overflows whenever Jang Geun Suk does anything at all <3

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    Betsalel Feb 27, 2017

    Honestly the only part I've disliked about the drama was related to the fathers, and the earlier obsessed Seo Jun. But overall I enjoyed watching it and Mu Gyul and Mary are so adorable <3.

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    Pari Oct 2, 2016

    Downright Boring and Annoying. I don't know, But thats my opinion.

    I usually love Romance/Mystery/Crime/Clumsy Rom Coms. But this one doesn't fit anywhere! watched it for JGS, But couldn't hold long, Sorry, Had to drop it. 3/10 for 6 Episodes I watched!

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    soepspaansenler Sep 27, 2016 - edited

    Please stop all that hatefull comments wow.. I really don't understand it I looooved this drama and rewatched it 3 times T_T

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      Sujach Dec 23, 2016

      it's perfect now for christmas <3

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      soepspaansenler Dec 23, 2016

      No time this Christmas T_T but it definitely is!

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      Sujach Dec 23, 2016

      aww too bad ;_;

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      AhlaamSherriff Jun 23, 2017

      Me too. I've enjoyed it and watched 3 times going on 4. Love the jealousy scenes and a great ost.

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      soepspaansenler Jun 24, 2017

      yeahh!! I want to rewatch it as well haha

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    belleprincess Jun 12, 2016 - edited

    Started this way back when.. Still don't understand why some people like this.
    "Mary stays out all night" Well, that's one slow and boring night Mary had... Honestly, this drama is so slow I didn't really finish it, I just skipped everything & watched the ending to know how they wrote her final decision.
    It gets a little credit from me just for having the weirdest secondary guy ever whose antics made me laugh. Jang Geun Suk also just doesn't do it for me. Especially in this drama. I've only ever liked him (a little - I rooted for the secondary guy) in You're Beautiful.

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      SimbiAni Sep 13, 2016 - edited

      Maybe it's just one of those things, lol like I watched Answer97 thinking the entire time, "omg whyy did ppl love this so much / sing its praises all over??" Tho that was ~CAKE to watch compared to the ~agony of Goong (the first), yowza. (I finished it the slow way cuz I'm a completist, I never fastfwd & can only drop when forced, ie due to unavailability, but I do procrastinate a lot when needed.. ;P lol)

      I liked Mary overall cuz of its potential & the story it inspired in my own version. Plus, I am definitely a sap for teh cuute, heh. I'm sure many others also are fans of the actors as well, & occasionally that can be enough. I'm all about the OT3 tho! xD ♡♡♡

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    KashishChopra May 16, 2016

    Watched it only for Jang Geun Suk. If u like him please watch it, I love his hair style in this show and wow his songs all are perfect and lovable. His voice is sweet and melting in my heart. I downloaded all songs and mv from this show. I will recommend it only for songs and Jang Geun suk.

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    NaijaLuv_88 Apr 26, 2016

    The utter garbage this drama was pisses me off because once again it didn't start that way and I really liked..but i just couldn't stay for the trainwreck. At the time I was really in love with Jang Geun Suk's drama and as soon as this come out I immediately waited for subs and watched. But after a period of time....I just felt that the story began to drag and this unending loop of who the heck she was going to end up with despite knowing she was going to end up with Jang Geun Suk's character despite me not liking him very much.

    Poor Kim Jae Wook, I have been waiting to see him in lead role for years because he has the acting chops to back up with that handsome face and this drama felt like he was slowly squandering away his abilities in taking this up and having his abilities be put to waste.

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    Morgan Feb 12, 2016 - edited

    Who does she end up with? About to start episode 5 but since I find Mary so annoying I at least need to know the ending couple so I can decide if it's worth my time or not. Spoil the ending for me.please.

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    Kawaitanee Jan 27, 2016 - edited

    I dont like both actor and actress of main characters, should I watch it despide that? My friend was telling me to watch. Any recommendations?

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      Kawaitanee Feb 12, 2016

      I didnt start it yet, because now is my exam period, but I am still thinking if I should watch this or not. I actually saw Love Rain with Jang Geun Suk and didnt mind him there but I didnt like him in other dramas. So if there is enough cuteness then I think I will try it, and then decide if I should continue or not. Anyway, thank you for your recommendation :)

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      mahiba Feb 12, 2016

      Your welcome! Let us know what you think of it after you've watched and good luck for the exams.

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      Kawaitanee Feb 13, 2016

      Thank you :) I will write here if I start it.

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      Kawaitanee Sep 23, 2016

      Thanks for recommendations, I will consider watching it. Honestly, I totally forgot about this drama, and currently I have lots of ongoing dramas I still want to finish. But when I will have more time, I will try it out :) Who knows, maybe I will like it a lot :)

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    veronicaruiz Dec 25, 2015

    Not a big fan of JGS but this drama really made me like him and see him in a different light.. maybe bc its different from his usual characters.
    Anyway that GeunGeun couple is so cute! They're like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day :3

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    veronicaruiz Dec 18, 2015

    yo this drama's ost is so cute <3

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    emiylovesny008 Oct 28, 2015
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    Blademan2 Oct 27, 2015 - edited

    Without even watching this piece of trash, from what I've read from Wikipedia, it's written by a trash writer with no morals or integrity. Get a life despicable writer.

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      SimbiAni Sep 13, 2016 - edited

      You again, with the rude & ignorant cmts.

      This drama is really all about two closed never-shown-love souls being brought to life by another open kind & gentle soul. While the writing may have typical issues due to using cliches & resorting to tropes instead of trying for smth truly original, the story itself is full of HEART & cuuteness. Such a shame you will likely never get to experience that kind of emotional intelligence, to see good beyond superficial flaws.

      Find some peace, tragic commenter. ♡

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    Thisguy2011 Sep 29, 2015
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    trueturquoise Sep 6, 2015 - edited

    There is just something about this drama that I love so much. Its a go to rewatch for me.

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      Furti Jun 30, 2016

      Can you please tell me who did Moon Geun Young end up with?

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      trueturquoise Jun 30, 2016
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      Furti Jul 1, 2016

      Oh! Thank you so much for telling me :)

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      SimbiAni Sep 13, 2016

      Is it the trio-shippy-ness? xD That's ~my reasoning, ahaha! ;P


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Nov 8, 2010 to Dec 28, 2010
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 2 min.


  • Score:

    7.2 (scored by 12,338 users)
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