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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22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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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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37 of 45 people found this review helpful
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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 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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A character that has to get married but don't want to comes up with a plan in introducing a fake 'fiancee'.
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    emiylovesny008 Oct 28, 2015
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    Blademan2 Oct 27, 2015

    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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    Thisguy2011 Sep 29, 2015
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    trueturquoise Sep 6, 2015

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

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    naccu Sep 2, 2015

    This was a veeeeery annoying drama! lol

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    NesrineTao Jul 11, 2015

    two words to say : Sukkie Rocks <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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    AnisahSherriff Apr 18, 2015

    Loved it more than I thought I was going to. Love the songs. I did not like the parents and wished that Mary had more backbone. No drama will ever be perfect right ;)

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    JangSoo Jan 20, 2015

    I´m currently watching this kdrama and it´s really good!!! I can spend one day watching all those episodes... One of the best Jang Geun Suk´s kdrama!!! Love Moon Geun Young!!

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    Twyx Jan 4, 2015

    W.. wait. JKS ruins dramas? OMG XD Ok, everyone has his/her own opinion.
    I feel totally the opposite. This drama was just a normal romantic comedy with some clichè and such, but I think all the actors, JKS ABOVE ALL, made this drama very nice to watch. I really couldn't wait to find the time to keep watching it. Oh and the songs... adorable! Nice job, Jang Keun Suk!

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    NewKDramaAddict Dec 6, 2014

    I was a Moon Geun Young fan so that was why I watched this original, but this made me a semi-fan of Jang Geun Suk. I loved the OST! Like everyone, I wanted Kim Jae Wook to have a happy ending too!

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    Ari Oct 6, 2014
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    SimbiAni Sep 28, 2014

    MaeRi is a cheerful, bookish dreamer who just wants to keep going to college, but her father's endless debt issues have finally grounded her; to make matters worse, she's been laid off ("slow economy") yet again.

    JungIn is a stoic, loner businessman who just wants to keep managing his entertainment company, which is in the process of developing a potential TV series, but his father has demanded that he get married ASAP or he'll lose all financial funding for said show, possibly including his entire company & inheritance as well.

    MooKyul is a (solo) street musician by day, & (band) club rocker by night, who just wants to keep his group together while still making unique indie rock & who'd rather put up with being uncomfortably cold & poor before selling out to become a popstar idol; with serious abandonment issues due to a youth-obsessed flighty mother, he's extremely passionate about loyalty & guards his heart very closely.

    See how this unlikely trio ends up inexplicably intertwined! <3

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    deeevaniii Jul 17, 2014

    my preciiouuussssssssssssssssss

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    justine Jul 16, 2014

    the beginning was interesting then it became so-so at the middle and just too predictable at the end. anyway, kim jae wook is seriously sooo good looking i was rooting for him while i watch the entire drama. pls get a main role soon.

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    seluluhan Jul 16, 2014

    This started off okay, then it just got so boring and predictable lol


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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 10,512 users)
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