Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex (2006)

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Based on the bestselling manga (graphic novel) by Aya Nakahara, LOVE*COM THE MOVIE (short for Lovely Complex) centers on two high school students. Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy. But fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic read morecomedy duo. As their friendship blossoms, so do Risa's feelings toward Otani. LOVE*COM examines the often-complicated feelings and comedic moments of the experience of dating people of different heights. A girl, because of his short stature, previously rejected Otani and he thinks he looks peculiar with a taller girlfriend. Risa has the opposite problem, already tall and never finding a guy who is taller. These height complexes, and the romance that eventually ensues in spite of them, develop the Lovely Complex that this film is ultimately about.

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Mar 19, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This movie came out in 2006, and as it's been over five years, this movie qualifies as "old" in my book. However, the movie shows no signs of age, in image quality or in content.

Story: People can argue all they like, but I think this movie's story is very original. A girl who's "too tall" and a boy who's "too short" are perfect for each other but they fail to realize read more it. The second half might be cliche, but aren't all romcoms at some point? The progression pace was good, and they stuck pretty darn closely to the manga-->I do disclaim that the manga itself didn't have the strongest ending, so the drama couldn't really do anything about that. It does bring closure, though. :)

Acting/Casting: The lead actor and lead actress were so perfect I'm not quite sure what to say beyond that. Though the height difference is much more drastic in the manga (too drastic to be real), these two pulled off their complexes very well. I found myself laughing at all of their interactions! They're a hilarious couple (whether they wanted to be or not)~ The other cast members weren't that memorable, but considering the story isn't about them...oh well. Risa's sister was absolutely hilarious though--so be on the watch out for her. XD

Music: I don't quite remember particular tracks, but I think that's a good thing. The music adds another dimension to the movie, and doesn't draw attention to itself. Like the backstage crew of a play...they do plenty of necessary and important work while they play is going, but doesn't distract from the play itself. Ninjas, they are.

Rewatch Value: After every romantic comedy, there will always be another romantic comedy. Truthfully, I don't even *like* romantic comedies! But this one was unique in its story, spectacular in its casting, and an overall joy to watch. I wouldn't mind watching it again--at all--though maybe I'd have some gripes about the ending, but that's all!

Overall: A very lighthearted story about two cute high schoolers who find their way to love. Lovely Complex is a movie that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, though maybe with a hint of a country accent (they're speaking in Osakan dialect and it's hilarious/adorable). Gives a new spin on romantic comedies. Manga adaptation or not, this movie holds its ground. Definitely recommended!
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7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Jun 7, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Lovely Complex was an extraordinary drama, and I have fallen in love with it. At first, I was skeptical because I thought the story-line seemed ridiculous, and that the movie would wind up being boring, but it was the exact opposite; I've fallen in love with the "ridiculous" story-line. You really got to feel the characters in this movie, and there were times where I felt like crying and laughing alongside the read more characters. Whenever it would begin to get depressing, they would add a spark of comical relief, though, they were careful enough as to not spoil the mood.

The only thing I have a problem with is the actress that plays as Risa. I think she's a beautiful actress, but throughout the entire movie, she had annoying body movements. I think it may be because she's trying to actually imitate the anime character (though it's being done poorly, because even anime characters don't shake around like she is) and at times it would really begin to tick me off. It was like she had a twitch or she was just a total spazz. Her acting was great, it's just I think she tried a little too hard. The actor that plays as Otani was WAY cute. He fit the role perfectly, and despite Risa's actress being *kind of* annoying, they still looked adorable together.

Overall, I loved this film and I definitely would re-watch it again, in fact, I have... 3 times already!
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    steph_ravita Jul 10, 2014

    Really cute movie! Kept me company on a 9 hour long flight! (:

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    Randevouz Jul 8, 2014

    Prefer the anime. The movie tried too hard and ended up being too cheesy, unlike the anime which was fun. But the movie was well cast. Koike was lovely as Otani.

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    Sawawawawawa May 22, 2014

    I prefer the manga
    But good movie~

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    AnaK24 Mar 14, 2014

    Silly but adorable. Love it!

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    docnty Feb 13, 2014

    A silly but cute high school romantic comedy. I like it anyway...

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    Judo_Aniki Feb 9, 2014

    This is my cup of tea. I haven't seen the anime yet so I can't really relate to the sentiments of the previous comments. It's now one of my favorites.

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    anagard Feb 4, 2014

    I loved manga so much more, actually its my favorite. Movie is only a shadow of the original!

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    kimnana_ Jan 10, 2014

    I wanna watch it again ;_;

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    superdork1 Dec 31, 2013

    I read the manga a while back, it's actually one of my favorites. But this movie was too disappointing. I dropped it even before I got to the half.

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    GoEunChanDaddict Dec 30, 2013

    I saw the Anime twice and I loved it. It's so cute and lovely. I just loved the fact how both of them end up together and falling in love.

    And I was so disappointed in the movie. It was funny, yeah right. Really? If you loved the Anime, the Live Action is well ... I watched the Live Action twice and I love the actor Mizushima, Hiro and Koike, Teppei, but not in that movie.

    I think they made it into too much of a Comedy. I know many of you loved the movie, for it's funnyness. But it lost everything it has in the Anime. The Anime is sure funny but that's not all to it.

    Just watch the Anime and maybe you'll know what I mean.

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    Mih0 Dec 9, 2013

    Yamamoto-kun,i not see him at this movie....

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    bluemoon_onna Sep 21, 2013

    hilarious! *LOL* The leads have chemistry. What a shame Mizushima Hiro is just a flower boy behind the scenes. :)

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    Wendox Sep 11, 2013

    This was my first Japanese movie and I laughed so hard that I almost fell off my chair >.<

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    yukitoai Jul 22, 2013

    mizushima hiro as suzuki kun, lmao

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    chaiga May 31, 2013

    i enjoyed both anime and movie. :) made me laugh and the leads are so cute together.


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    Jul 15, 2006
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    1 hr. 39 min.


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