Unemployed Romance

Unemployed Romance (2013)

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"Unemployed Romance" is about the reunion between Seung-Hee and her first love Jong-Dae. Seung-Hee, who dreams of being a star writer but is only a salary writer for a third-class program, and Jong-dae, a temporary public worker in the department of unemployment benefits.

  • Native title:

    실업급여 로맨스
  • Also Known as:

    Sileobgeubyeo Lomaenseu

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May 1, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
After watching this in only a afternoon, I had an hurge to review this.

After reading so many comments, my expectations for this drama weren't good. However, the drama surprised me. I saw myself excited to keep watching from the beginning. I read that some people said it had a too slow/boring beginning, yet I loved it. Pretty precise and it also made it more exciting. I started to love the story read more immediately even though the later half disappointed me a little bit.

However, I found something terribly wrong with the plot. It seemed they didn't have much story so they made a lot of flashbacks. I mean, it's good to show their story back then, but everything, even show repeated scenes? For that, they could've showed it from the past to the present, not show 2-3 episodes in the middle with only flashbacks. It was a bit annoying, not to mention it was a big loss for the drama itself. They could've do so many things on it, but it all seemed to have been made in a hurry.

The cast was great, every character was interesting too. I was so excited to see Nam Goon Min, and he was a complet surprise. I hope he gets more roles.

In fact, it was a pity that it had only 10 episodes. It had the possibility of having been a great drama if they extended, or at least if they've actually taken advantage of the episodes they had (what I think they didn't).

Overall, it was a good and simple drama. With not many episodes and the length not being much, it's a drama you should definitely give it a try.
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7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Mar 2, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
It's interesting how having lower expectations increases your ability to appreciate a drama better.
Despite its short length and the limited scope to prove its mettle, Unemployed Romance delivers and how.

In ordinary rom coms, we see that either the male lead is financially in the ruts or it is the heroine who scrounges for every penny and works a million part time jobs. Rarely do we see a rom com in read more which both the leads are going through financial troubles and have more or less achieved nothing in life and, quite possibly, never will. What do they do in such circumstances? Dare not have a romance because they're poor and unsuccessful?

Unemployed Romance is yet another example of the cliche of 'love conquers all' being stretched in to a realistic story. Jong Dae and Seung Hee overcome various odds from jealous new romantic interests, poverty, sick parents to unemployment and bitter memories of a break up, to finally get together in the end.

The drama has hilarious moments which arrive in the form of Jong Dae's hopelessly silly friends and Seung Hee's irresponsible boss. It also has its fair share of emotionally poignant scenes in terms of Jong Dae's conversations with his hapless, generous and amiable father. And this is not to mention the excellent chemistry between Nam Goong Min and Lee Young Ah - both of them should be applauded for their realistic portrayal of two individuals who have never had it easy in life.
Everything put together, 'Unemployed Romance' is a really cute, funny and heart-warming drama which does not veer off completely from reality at any point.

Definitely worth a watch.
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    docnty Aug 23, 2014

    Yet another terrible and pathetic love traingle, betrayal drama. Time to find writers that can properly write a good romance....

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    SuraCupcake Jun 21, 2014

    does anyone else think that Suh Joon Young's voice sounds like Yoon Shi Yoon's voice?

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    Drama4lover Apr 20, 2014

    Ahhh I loved the 2. lead too much. I'am always weak when it comes to handsome smart-guys T_T

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      NiceNoona May 31, 2014

      I'm just starting this one but I have a feeling that is going to be my opinion as well. Darn 2nd Lead Syndrome!!

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      Drama4lover May 31, 2014

      I know right!! >_<
      What to do about them...

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    Rike Apr 9, 2014

    I actually loved this Drama.. though it's not one of my favourites, but it was that what I needed right now - something not too complicated and just easy to follow.
    I tend to get bored while watching romance-conedy-dramas .. but this one was refreshing and not too long :)

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    JunKi-fan Feb 23, 2014

    Wow I am actually kind of loving this drama despite having very low expectations. Funny, heart-warming, cute but true to life.

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    lovelymhercy Jan 10, 2014

    love at first sight is <3 ! :))))))

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    Marooya Dec 29, 2013

    The only thing I loved about this drama is the OST… really one of the best OSTs I have ever heard!!
    The story was average and since it was just 10 episodes I went ahead and finished it

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    Apri Dec 26, 2013

    What I'll remember from this drama: some of the music choices were just awesome!! :D

    - they used 'Good Person' by Toy a lot of times (love this song since watching 'Can You Hear My Heart')
    - totally had to laugh when they used the theme song from 'All In' XDDD (oh the memories, watched this quite a long time ago)
    - I'm not into Shingeki no Kyojin (just not my genre) but I do like the 1st opening song and I was quite amused to hear it in one of the early eps^^

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    witlily Dec 14, 2013

    very funy romcom :D

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    HAVA-RAVA Dec 14, 2013

    Not the best plot but the couple was cute and the comedy was funny :D Ending was kinda weird but not bad. Gonna give this an 8.

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    sanadonghae Dec 9, 2013

    loved it

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    Kmuse Dec 8, 2013

    Its ok. Worth watching once.

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    Nana87 Dec 8, 2013

    Its not a bad drama but I think it could of been better.

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    Mareina Dec 8, 2013

    I wish I could rate this drama better because the latter half was great. But I can't ignore the slo-mo of the first half...

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      LMitsuki May 1, 2014

      For me it was the reverse! Loved the first episodes before all those flashbacks, and got annoyed at the lack of story later on. They could have done a looot with the episodes they had, and I found the slow episodes pretty interesting too (between the 1-3 epis).

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    0hellgirl0 Dec 8, 2013

    love love loved it <3


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    South Korea
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    Oct 5, 2013 to Dec 7, 2013
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  • Duration:

    50 min.


  • Score:

    6.7 (scored by 869 users)
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