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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32 of 35 people found this review helpful
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Dec 8, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
This is a romcom from a slightly different angle. The story is told in flashback & from each of the main leads own perspectives. I found this approach refreshing and felt that the story was told in such a way as to maintain the narrative flow and does not confuse the viewer.

Its only 10 episodes of about 50 minutes each - it is concise although I did find the last episode read more a little rushed and would have preferred more time spent on the resolution of the story.

The side characters were engaging and hilarious. My personal favourite was Seung Hee's inept boss. There are also a few funny cameos along the way. The acting by the main characters was good and believable.

This drama's depiction of a relationship seemed REAL and not like the stylised, overly romantic, fantasy type romances usually depicted in Kdramas. It shows the characters from the very first meeting to gradually forming a relationship over a period of several years with all the accompanying ups and downs of life, I really liked this aspect.

The music - I remember a couple of pleasant tracks but nothing particularly striking.

My rewatch score is always low as I never re-watch dramas.

I enjoyed it overall and wish more people would discover this little gem.
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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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almost the same story line. only 12 episodes and therefore the story flows smoothly without being too slow and the main leads have awesome chemistry. A sweet heart warming drama.
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The same concept: a long time couple broke up after some misunderstandings between them, but they met again after a while and the girl has a perfect boyfriend that will be marrying soon.
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    AnicsiRoscoe Jun 27, 2016

    I usually don't watch dramas with a rating lower than 7.5 or so, but I made an exception for Nam Gung Min. I didn't regret it!! The ratings really don't do it justice. Some people may be put off by the unusual setup of this drama, but I thought it was really refreshing. Funny and yet with some lessons to learn, a good slice-of-life. Give it a chance, just be open-minded, and remember it is a drama about second chances in life :) 7.5/10 from me

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    catzfin3st Mar 12, 2016

    After the first couple of episodes, the plot really takes off. I actually enjoyed this drama. Why was this rated so low?

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    Ookami Nov 4, 2015
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    Ookami Nov 3, 2015

    i don't want to know all that about her and her ex -.-

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    Ookami Nov 3, 2015

    i kept singing along until i noticed xD Lie by T.O
    gosh i love that song

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    Dia Aug 24, 2015

    That was M.Pire in episode 2. :x :x :x
    And if there's somebody curious, the song played for the entire drama is Lie by T.O ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Blademan2 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 - edited

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

    50 min.


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    6.7 (scored by 1,211 users)
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