Penny Pinchers

Penny Pinchers (2011)

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Unemployed Ji Woong meets Hong Shil, who lives enthusiastically for her dream ,and begins to grow up...
Hong Sil's purpose in life is to collect money. She doesn't go to church to avoid making donations, when she's sick she won't go to the hospital, and doesn't go on dates to save money. She'll even try to recycle one bottle or a sheet of paper for profit.
Even though Ji Woong graduated from read morecollege, he still asks his mother (who runs a restaurant) for money. He joins a scooter to meet girls, but when he has the chance to spend a night with a woman he can't because he is short by W50,000.

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    티끌모아 로맨스
  • Also Known as:

    태어나긴 했지만; I Was Born, But; Taeunagin Haetjiman; Although I Was Born; Love and Cash; Many A Little Romance;

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Feb 20, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Penny Pinching Romance isn't a perfect movie but it was a very enjoyable one. The synopsis here really doesn't tell you much or very clearly. Hong Sil is a woman whose past clearly navigates her present life. Unlike the synopsis suggests, she doesn't have any goal in life other than to collect money. She is calculated and methodical in collecting it and frugal in the extreme once procured. What she intends to read more do with it once she has it, even she doesn't know. Enter Ji Woong (Song Joong Ki) in whom Hong Sil sees purely an opportunity to make money faster. Of course, when you hook yourself up with a bit a scoundrel things don't always go according to plan.

This movie has a nice solid plot and story trajectory all the way through. It's real charm for me lay in all the atypical things about it. It is not standard rom/com fare. There is a serious and slightly gray quality to it that I actually found refreshing. This gray cast was in the set direction and writing but it was more to shape their circumstances. Let me assure you this is not a darkly written movie in a dramatic or depressing sense.

There were lots of moments I laughed out loud. Especially at some of the antics of Ji Woong. The scenes between Hong Sil and Ji Woong aren't overly cutesy but they are interesting and they make a great team as, unbeknownst to both of them, their feelings start to grow. Both actors sold their characters for me. Their chemistry together was good. The payoff at the end for both characters was worth 2 hours of my time.

Song Joong Ki is a 'characters' actor. Even if he has the looks to play a leading man, I hope he chooses wisely in the future because he's better playing a part with quirks and charisma. He has excellent comedic timing and a face made for acting through expression.

Han Ye Seul sells serious characters to me more than comedy so this part was perfect for her. I felt her emotion and I connected with the reasons why she was cut off emotionally and relied so completely on monetary security rather than the human kind.

I liked this movie. I would re-watch it again and I recommend watching if you are hesitating.
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Feb 27, 2012
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Okay, so I finally finished watching this movie and honestly I don't know if I like it or not. I was really looking forward to watching this movie because I really like the main actor and actress but this movie was disappointing. For me it wasn't as romantic as they said it would be. It was sometimes funny though. Joong Ki is really adorable and he had really cute and funny moments read more in the movie and I think that was the only things I enjoyed while watching the movie. It wasn't as funny as what they described it to be. I don't even remember a lot of things that was going on in the movie because I was busy looking forward to the romance, but there wasn't even any. The acting was good but I don't think the story did justice towards the acting. It was an okay movie, for me at least.
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I have watched a few movies before but none of them seemed to go very high on my ranking board, don't get me wrong I love the Korean Dramas and such but the movies are not exactly what I expect when I watch them. This movies I believe to be the first one I have actually enjoyed so far and it is watch and re-watch worthy, it's not the most brilliant thing in the world but it is a great movies all in all. I truly recommend it and I tend not to recommend anything that I wouldn't watch, finish or otherwise. Also, even if I am able to sit through the entire thing it doesn't mean it will get recommended by me, not that I am special or something but I am quite honest about things.
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    Rae Nov 17, 2016 - edited

    Can someone please tell me what the writing says inside the tent?
    Good acting but SJK hairstyle bugged me, kind of reminded me of So Ji Sub's hairstyle in Master's Sun...

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      SaraBuntyn Jan 31, 2017

      I watched it on Viki - the translation was "Let's see who f*ing wins. Let's see who f*ing laughs the most."

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      Rae Feb 6, 2017

      Aww thank you! :D

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    Heenim382 Oct 29, 2016

    very underrated imo. I gave it a 9, it's not boring or slow at all. It's very cute and funny ^^

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    Sparsh May 19, 2016

    All i could think about... i need to get a job or i'll be like them... living on scrap.

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    Koteuni Apr 20, 2016 - edited
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    TeleriFerchNyfain Mar 15, 2016

    Joong Ki is a fabulous actor - love him in everything he does!

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    CjRun Dec 23, 2015

    Sweet movie. Good to see characters struggling and having a normal life.

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    MiyukiTsukino Oct 8, 2015

    OMO!!! <3
    I'm in love with this movie! <3
    Joong ki! <3

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    HayanNabi Jul 15, 2015

    I really liked it tho^^ Joongki is so cute here.

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    mulgokizary Feb 20, 2015

    it was a cute movie but a bit boring tbh

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    Blademan2 Oct 29, 2014

    What a gem of a movie, really great and cute movie!!! :)))

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Dec 23, 2013

    I just loved it :) you can watch it

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      alweena Jan 1, 2014

      tried to watch from there yet seems like i had a bad connection and it has some delays. whereelse i could watch this movie, please?

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    kubra135 Dec 23, 2013

    i can't find a site to watch it. it's kinda hard to find it if you don't live in the USA

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    forever_shawol Dec 11, 2013

    It's not amazing but it isn't bad either nor a waste of time ...I doubt I will be watching again but it was cute and there was eyecandy...Overall i enjoyed it

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    dramallama234 Dec 1, 2013

    Loved this movie so much!!! Song Joon Ki <3 In my opinion one of the most enjoyable Korean movies I've seen.

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    BaDaBa11 Oct 14, 2013

    simplicity...i enjoyed the movie and nothing was over the top. I adore Song Joong Ki!


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Nov 10, 2011
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 54 min.


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    7.5 (scored by 3,593 users)
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