I Need Romance

I Need Romance (2011)

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Sunwoo In Young (Jo Yeo Jung) has been dating the same man for the past 10 years and, at 33 years old, is waiting for the big question. When she finds out he's cheated on her, she flat out breaks up with him, determined to continue her life. At the same time, her best friends Park Seo Yeon (Choi Yeo Jin) and Kang Hyun Joo (Choi Song Hyeon) face their own relationship read moreproblems. A sex-and-the-city style story about three woman who face the ups and downs of being career minded at an age where society expects them to be married.

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Aug 6, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I Need Romance is a wonderfully, more realistic look at relationships than most dramas out there. The three women are all independent, lovely and funny. Their friendship is central to the story and their closeness brings a foundation to see them through their romantic highs and lows. I loved that the girls were always supportive of each other even if they didn't agree. I loved that they fought and got annoyed with read more each other but forgave each other easily. Just like real girlfriends.

It's breezy and fun to watch. I enjoyed it very much and I think what I liked most is, everyone seemed so real. There were elements to each character that I certainly recognized in friends or loved ones in my life. They were fallable, made mistakes and wrong choices but then worked them out in a believable way.

I love Korean Dramas for their differences from American TV but it is nice once in a while to see a more realistic portrayal of modern romance and its difficulties. The questions that arise from a real romance. Will we get bored when the newness wares off? Can I forgive him if he cheats? Can I be okay with a more casual sexual love affair? How do I tell a man what I want or that I want more? These are only a few of the question that come up for the women. I am glad that every question isn't wrapped up in a neat little fantasyland bow. The plot lines are handled with a serious air but also a wry, truthful humor. This show made me smile and laugh.

I also loved that while the characters grew during the course of the plot, they didn't completely change their personalities. The love stories were fun and sexy too but still not blatent. The writing, acting and directing were all very solid. I very much enjoyed the narration of the lead character, giving us insight into her inner thoughts. I like the freeze frame stills interjected into the scenes to emphasize an emotion or mood. Fun!

Each episode is about 45 minutes or less and they do speed by pretty quickly. I attribute that to the smart writing and zippy story lines of each episode. I doesn't drag. I really liked the music as well.

This is a fun watch. Easy to invest your time in watching. It had me smiling, happy and waiting for the next episode. Pretty PG but with real kisses and frank sexual discussion. Always a plus in my book!
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Apr 4, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I got hooked.

Started watching it at 1pm ended at 7am (no sleep). That's how good the drama was for me. The complicated relationships made me wanna watch the next episode so bad that I ended up having no sleep.

THIS DRAMA IS NOT FOR KIDS. One has to be open-minded when watching this drama.

Acting was good. The leading woman acted cutely. The leading man acted jealous and cute. I started read more this drama wishing that the 1st couple would end up together (after watching the 1st episode, i skipped to the last just to know who the woman will end up with). Towards the end, I ended up wishing that the 2nd guy and the leading woman would end up together.

It has a sense of comedy and drama. You'd be able to feel the drama's emotions. What I mean is that when one feels angry, you'd be angry. When one feels in love, you'd also feel in love. That's what I liked with this drama.

I think this drama aired last year (2011). I actually told myself, why the hell did I postpone watching this?! I regretted watching it late. Now that I've watched it, I feel good because another happy ending has ended. ;)
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A Sex and the city feeling, presenting women in their 30s and their daily lives. Different characters and situations but quite similar when it comes to finding the right partner.
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There is same scriptwriter, so you should expect same atmosphere.
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    real_Mokona Jul 7, 2017
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    Ineta Mar 19, 2017

    I gave this a 7.0, but deciding on a rating was very hard (and I might even change it later)... Here is the thing: this was not a boring drama (which... when I give this rating, boredom is something the particular drama being rated makes me feel). I would actually say that it was very entertaining and fun to watch.

    However, this drama had several problems. Firstly, you have to be very patient while watching it. At first the big problem was Sunwoo Inyoung, and how the character was portrayed. But then there were more and more characters making stupid decisions and doing things that were not understandable. Secondly, there were characters that, I feel, never experienced the thing called "character growth". Next, I hated how sometimes (or more often than that) it seemed like they are trying to normalize cheating. Cheating is not normal, not okay, should not be forgiven and should not be done that easily! Also, sometimes it was hard to understand -- do they not know how to portray the problem or are they actually just laughing at it and trying to make it seem not serious enough? And last but not least, I feel like the ending did not end things properly, if that makes sense.

    Maybe right now it sounds like this drama is terrible and maybe the things I mentioned will end up being the reasons I eventually lower my rating, but honestly. :D If you are looking for something to just spend your free time on, something to kill your boredom with, something different from the usual korean dramas... This could be the right choice for you. But don't go into this expecting a masterpiece, then you will most probably end up disappointed.

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    manmohan Sep 6, 2016

    Don't see this. Its suck.
    One of the worst ending ever.

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    LeeJaeShin Nov 5, 2015

    This is the best I need Romance. This one has real kisses, sex, and talk of orgasms. The side characters dramas I found more interesting in this I need Romance, and I liked the lead better in the other two I need Romances

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    mali Aug 16, 2015

    Sigh...well I did finish this...and I was wrong. It wasn't as bad as I assumed in my brain from the the first 7 episodes I forgot my korean drama philosophy. WATCH IT ALL THE WAY...before I draw conclusions....There is actually a point at the end. Anyone that is married or is in a long term relationship can really relate to this...others may just hate this. ..but I llearned again...nothing is always as it seems except the fact that Choi Jin Hyuk always get the short end of the stick in his roles. Hmmmm..I can name 3 dramas.

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    mali Jul 24, 2015 - edited

    Pls someone tell me it gets better I am in episode 7. In young is just too much. Why do women do that. I am just irritated with her actions =(

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      annakd Aug 8, 2015

      Well, in my opinion, it doesn't =(
      But the second and the third seasons are much better!!!

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      mali Aug 13, 2015

      Thanks....I actually started to continue this drama before your reply ...I appreciate the insight =)

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    Smiley_Kitty Jul 14, 2015 - edited

    Loved Choi Jin Hyuk <3 He was the only reason for finishing this drama =))

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      mali Jul 25, 2015

      I love him as well! But gosh I dunno if it's enough for me. I usually pride myself in finishing most dramas, but this one is painful. Sorry fans

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    Jia May 4, 2015 - edited

    Call me weird, I didn't finish the drama yet, but am I the only one who would never take back a guy who cheated once? And if he does twice, I'd ask him kindly to go to hell and get the fxxk out of my life.

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      mali Jul 25, 2015 - edited

      I guess I am included with you.lol....but I will finish this. Eventually

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      SHIRLEYMOLINA Oct 2, 2015

      I agree you never take cheaters back once a cheater always a cheater, and twice no he would get a swift kick. Women must have more self esteem than to deal with that.you called it.

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    Grace lander Apr 24, 2015

    I enjoyed this series. Jo Yeo Jung is a very cute actress.

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    keroppiSTAR Apr 10, 2015
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      rachso Dec 2, 2014

      wait wat she ends up wz that douche not watching it anymore

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      darkangel662008 Mar 31, 2015
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    Jun 8, 2011 to Aug 2, 2011
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    Monday, Tuesday
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    45 min.


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    7.3 (scored by 3,303 users)
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