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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fuglar
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Jun 11, 2012
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Oh Mary, you had everything, everything to be a good drama. When you announced your casting, I almost jizzed in my pants. Three of my favorite actors playing on the same drama, this can only be amazing. But why, WHY did you turned into such failure ?

Even the talents of the actors couldn’t save the show from boringness. The change of the writers around the 11th episode helped the plot a read more little but it was too little too late. The show was doomed. There was a lot of cute moments but that’s not what make a good drama.

I don’t know how to feel about Mae Ri character. She’s cute like a button, but not really reactive. I don’t know about her dress code either. It’s more looks like a hall stand. It’s like stylists kept putting clothes on her in order to look bohemian. FAIL .

Also the feminist inside me was screaming of anger the entire time. Two man fighting for a female without asking her opinion about anything is a bit too much for me. Plus a father selling his only daughter to a rich family in exchange of money… Isn’t it illegal ? I know it’s just a drama but I can’t help to be a bit confused about the all situation.

The good point about that drama is Waffle Porn (nickname I gave to Kim Jae Wook), I was able to see him growing up as an actor. Ok, the two dramas he starred was huge disappointment for me (Bad Guy and this one) but he’s getting better and better.

My heart aches when I think about how good this drama could have been. sigh .
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ShreeyaSharma
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Jun 1, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Despite my overall high rating, fundamental things about the drama like the story and creativity left a lot to be desired. Having said that, it was still a very enjoyable drama. For the whole of 16 episodes, you'll be thinking, 'Seriously? This is the plot? This is how the story is panning out?' But mind you, you'll still watch it. Why? Because it has these tonnes of amazing scenes stringed together that read more your brain outright refuses to be turned off by the absolute ridiculousness of the story and wants to keep on watching more.

The main leads have to be praised for holding together the drama. Without them, I would have dropped this drama halfway through. The chemistry that they share, no just in duos but the three of them together as well, was worth spending 16 hours on. There are scenes which you will rewind and watch again and again because they were too funny or too sweet (The drama has abundant amount of both of those, don't worry). The actors bring alive the characters that were too conflicted otherwise.

The story was 1) Nothing striking 2) Not thought through 3) Illogical 4) Eve frustrating, after a point. But you love watching the leads so much that you decide to bear through that. I'm a very impatient person and sometimes -major confession comping up- skip parts that bore me to death. And I just skipped a little bit in one episode through the later part of the show I think. That's rare. The main low of the drama arrives after the 9th episode. You start to feel that the story is being dragged and you're being dragged along with it, the show tempts you many times to drop it, but you still don't. The thing is, even though the story is.. not so good, it moves at a decent pace. Before you can get annoyed enough to drop it, you have another illogical thing to focus on. So basically you don't even realize that while moving from one silly plot to another, you reached the finale and made it through! But I should still mention, beware of some serious character warping towards the end. You'll want to smash the writers' heads for distorting perfectly great characters into a morbid shell of what they were earlier, especially Kang Mu-Gyul's (JGS) character. Had me grimacing throughout the last few episodes.

The main leads chosen were simply outstanding. I'm a JGS fan through and through and thought I'd be rooting for the girl to end up with him till the end but I've never been proved so wrong. True, JGS's character Mu-Gyul was pretty attractive and appealed to me, but I was more confused than Mary between whom I would choose! Kim Jae Wook was a brilliant surprise for me. I'd seen him in Coffee Prince of course but, there wasn't really much to see was there. Here.. Woah, I was blown away. Half the time I was thinking I wouldn't mind it if Mary ended up with Jung-in (Kim Jae Wook) either. Then my JGS fan-side would chide me for being a traitor and gushing after another. But I loved him nonetheless, he acted really well. Superb acting by all three of them actually! There were some majorly annoying characters though. All the parents in this show (not counting Mary's mother since she wasn't actually there) - pathetic. No parenting skills whatsoever. God knows how the three leads ended up being so good. And Mary's friends.. Agh, I cringed every time they were about to get drunk, I would either end up banging my head against the table or run away if I had such noisy and whiny friends, but I should give them credit for being helpful and loyal though.

The music of the show was another reason you sail through the illogical story. The main song of the show 'My Precious' seemed off to me the first time I heard it and then later, I found myself wishing for it to come up at every situation possible. The rest of the score was okay, nothing noteworthy but bearable at the same time. Overall, I didn't find anything specifically wrong in the Music department.

Like I said, there are many adorable and hilarious scenes in the show which you don't get tired of watching again and again. For them, and them alone (and for the main leads of course) the rewatch value imo is 8. I might not watch the whole drama another time but I can sure see myself opening specific episodes and watching those great scenes again.

Verdict:

Definitely not the best drama I've seen, but I've seen worse. This is definitely a drama that should be seen as a breather between heavy ones to just freshen up your mind. If you're looking for a story that makes absolute sense and if too much mush makes you gag, this drama is not for you. But if you want to laugh, scoff, giggle, gush - you won't regret watching this. Just remember to switch off the logical side of your brain, it'll get fried anyway.
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    naccu 1 day ago

    This was a veeeeery annoying drama! lol

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    Nesrine 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
    Reveal Spoiler »
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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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    Sweety-Face Jun 27, 2014

    l dont like jang geun suk

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      Tiihii Aug 23, 2014

      I saw him in Bel Ami/Pretty Boy... and I don't really like him either. but since he's so popular, I'm curious to know what's that all about. Did you watch this drama? Is he so annoying that I shouldn't waste my time watching it?

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      Sweety-Face Aug 23, 2014

      every drama he's in
      he just ruined everything

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      lettuceloveHJ Aug 25, 2014

      I saw him in Baby & I, by accident, on Netflix and actually liked his character there since it was a good movie. The other time was in You're Beautiful, and I found him grueling to watch for multiple episodes there. Quite frankly, I'm not curious about his popularity lol!

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      Tiihii Aug 25, 2014

      Thanks guys! ;)

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      Zha Jan 29, 2015

      I first saw JGS in You're Beautiful. I end up liking Yong Hwa. Lol. I admit he is cute when he smile but his acting doesn't appeal to me. Though he looks good when singing like he owns the stage but that's it. I picked up this drama because of the lead girl. I love her in Autumn's Tale. She was just a kid back then. I was curious on how she acts. She is indeed a great actress though I am having a hard time convincing myself that she was the same age as mine in this drama. She doesn't age a bit. She is sooooo cute. Lol. Anyway, back to JGS, sadly I end up falling to the second lead again. Though I'm going to finish this drama for the sake of finishing it.

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    patiikaa Jun 18, 2014

    It was my first drama I've seen. I love it!! It's really funny and interesting. Moon Geun Young is very pretty and cute and Jang Geun Suk is really handsome. Great drama!! <3

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    siracorn Mar 14, 2014

    Is no one going to mention her dad selling and beating her? Really?
    What about the emotional manipulation? Sexual assault? Stalking and kidnapping? Nobody? Anybody? Ok...

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      winnie Mar 14, 2014

      I actually don't remember any of that happening or maybe I blocked it from memory lol...I do know it's the worst drama I've watched and rated it a 3. Don't know why I didn't drop it when I should have but I was a newbie back then. We all make mistakes :)

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    Miow Feb 15, 2014

    Moon Geun Young, she is wonderful! *_*

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 2 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    7.2 (scored by 10,254 users)
  • Ranked:

    #2297
  • Popularity:

    #353

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