She Was Pretty

She Was Pretty (2015)

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Kim Hye Jin was a very pretty girl from a rich family. After her family's publishing company went bankrupt, she experienced hardships then lost her beauty too. Ji Seong Jun was an unattractive boy with low self-esteem, but grows up as a handsome and successful editor.

  • Native title:

    그녀는 예뻤다
  • Also Known as:

    Geunyeoneun Yebbeossda; She Was Beautiful; Puzzled Lovers;

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JimmyChooLove
77 people found this review helpful
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Nov 11, 2015
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
The show had some really good moments and the actors all had great chemistry, but ultimately it fell short because there just wasn't enough story to keep it going for 16 episodes.

First the things that I liked... I really enjoyed the relationships that developed between all of the main characters and the staff at The Most (yes, THE Most). Ha Ri and Hye Jin are adorable together. While Ha Ri does read more have some demons I really do feel like the girls authentic friendship was delightful and not something I see in many dramas. The main couple were cute together but SIWON WAS AMAZING. If it were up to me, his character would be the lead of a spin off show. Also shout out to Shin Dong Mi as the Fashion Director. It was a minor role but she brought a lot of heart to it and was one of the main reasons that I loved The Most staff.

Okay, now despite all of that... the story was pretty superficial and a bit of a mess. We had these beautiful characters but their stories didn't really come together to tell anything meaningful. Hye Jin as a young girl and Hye Jin as a young woman have a lot of similar interests but virtually no personality traits in common with each other. One is elegant, the other goofy and the story never explains how just because she ran into hard times a person could change so much. This is just one example of MANY where the plot details are thrown in but never really integrated into the story. The Management Team, Sung Joon's weird eating/zombie habits, Hye Jin's sister, Ha Ri's bizarre relationship with her parents and step-parents, (which had oddly both too much and too little detail)...and don't get me started about the CEO's son mystery. In the end all of these things just felt like red herrings thrown in to fill time around the central love quadrangle.

In summary, I really, really enjoyed parts of this show but, despite the show being about the importance of what's below the surface, as a cohesive drama She was pretty lacked a lot of depth. Watch it for the cute fluff but don't expect much more.
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bernaxt
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Dec 30, 2015
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
She Was Pretty is the perfect drama for an incredibly stressed out university student who just wants to dedicate sixteen hours of her busy schedule to a feel-good, lighthearted, zany, and witty drama. (Yes, I just described myself).

2015 definitely had some great quality dramas filled with buzz and fervor such as Kill Me, Heal Me, Healer, and I Remember You. Even though the three dramas mentioned contains comedy, its underlying plot read more is heavy and convoluted. Sometimes, we just want a simple, straightforward plot that are guaranteed with comedic chops and hijinks. To me, She Was Pretty is the perfect example for that. It is indeed light, funny, and often times crazy, but there is definitely heart in the drama that tugs our own.

Personally, I've developed a connection with Hye-jin, for many particular reasons. Her character is an embodiment of the majority of women. At some point, she is relatable - and worth rooting for. Even with its flaws, SWP tugged at my heartstrings. I enjoyed it while it lasted, cried during moments of insecurity, and laughed when absurdity comes in full fold. Indeed, the story fizzled out after episode 12 (if I remember correctly), having not enough plot points to delve into for four more episodes. Siwon's ddeol-kija (crazy reporter Shin-hyuk), Hwang Jung-eum's Jackson / Kim Hye-jin and Park Seo-joon's Ji Sung-joon will definitely light up a cloudy day.
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Pretty Li Hui Zhen is the Chinese remake of She Was Pretty and although it changes simple things like names it is still pretty good I recommend you try it for yourself.
Recommended by blasian7
They are both office romance dramas.

Leads do have some kind of a connection from the past in both dramas (even tho it's a different type of connection... hm... no spoilers~)

Both are light hearted and cute~

Female lead is that kind of cheerful, cute, a little annoying girl (I didn't like the female lead in Introverted boss but i liked the one in She was pretty)

The male leads... Well, they aren't really similar in any way i think but they still remind me of each other idk why XD
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    I had to drop this drama I hated the main lead soooo much. Obviously the girl he thinks is hye Jin isn't hye Jin...but he ignores it due to a pretty face. And obviously the girl who is hye Jin is hye Jin but he ignores it due to an ugly face.

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      Lorra-Patricia 17 days ago

      that's too bad...if you had stuck it out, you'd have seen it's quite the opposite. It all works out so very very nicely. :)

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      CherriBlxssom 8 days ago

      I honestly have to say that you should try it again. You'll find out that it wasn't just the face.

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    kawaii-chan Feb 12, 2017 - edited

    I didn't liked Ji Seong Jun the lead male at first, I thought he's such a d*ck! I wouldn't like a boy with that kind of attitude towards me, nahuh. Though he became veryyyyyy sweet at the later part. That's kinda okay for me but I still cringe. They became very cute in the end. Then here's Kim Shin Hyeok the second lead, I really loved his acting~ he's funny and charming but sometimes creepy. I'm just not rooting for him to be with the female lead. I see no chemistry, just a bro & sis relationship. Okay but Min Ha Ri is so pretty, I hated her for a bit like 6% throughout the drama but she still turned out fine and damn I love her hair! I can't hate people with good damn hair. (no logic but yeah) Jeongyeon and her slay pixie cut! Han Seol & Kim Jun Woo pair is cute! Overall, it's a cute drama! The ending was sooooooo cute ^^ I loved the friendship between the two wifey <3

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    KristenLey Feb 3, 2017 - edited

    How much does she scream! Even in Kill me heal me this yoja shrieks all the freaking time! lol
    Loved Siwon's acting in this drama and his role is perfection. The bromance, his support for her and Seo Jun's acting and expressions. <3
    It was a bit dragging in some parts but not for long.
    Kdrama ppl should seriously consider making the 2nd male leads less attractive/endearing coz now its damaging our hearts. :(
    Overall it was such an enjoyable drama. Loved Park Seo Jun but going to rewatch soon for only Siwon (coz i didnt concentrate much on him bcoz of my blind love for Seo Jun :P )

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      SimbiAni 1 day ago

      Ohh nooo, not more screaming!! #__# I barely just survived KMHM, lmao.. >.>

      But apparently poor PSJ is a magnet for ~awkward bromance, & after seeing SiWon in King of Dramas, looking fwd to more lulz in this possibly even dorkier role.. ^__^

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    siskayuri Feb 1, 2017

    Kim Hye Jin = Mr.Bean

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    PabboStell Jan 31, 2017 - edited

    I never thought I would say something like this but... SIWON STOLE THE SHOW!
    Jackson & Shin Hyuk FTW!
    They were both so funny! xD
    The drama gave me a lot of laugh!
    The first half was great then there was a slump but the last few episodes were amazing as well.
    I really liked the ending, the friendship between Ha Ri & Hye Jin, the light and cheerful atmosphere!
    It could've been better but it gave me so much happiness and for me, that was enough.

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      Trouble-chan Feb 1, 2017

      Same happened in the Chinese version - 'Pretty Li Hui Zhen'.......Yi Mu (played by the BRILLIANT actor Zhang Vin) and Li Hui (played by the very cute and adorable Dilmurat Dilraba) were SO wonderful together - their onscreen chemistry basically SIZZLED and poor Sheng Peter (playing the main lead) just faded into the paintwork in the scenes the three were in together. ❤️❤️

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    AlyssaRose Jan 24, 2017 - edited

    i really want to like this drama and I'm on ep 3 but does she ever stop screaming and act like a normal person? I'm ok with dramatic over the topness every once and awhile bcuz it can sometimes be charming and funny but it seems like with hye jin its non-stop.

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      flonalicious Jan 29, 2017

      yeah I had the same problem with her, but she does tone it down after a few episodes

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    ayse Jan 24, 2017

    my favourite part was their friendship :)

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    userbmc Jan 15, 2017 - edited

    I started the chinese version and I saw somewhere that there is also a Taiwanese version of this story... does anyone know about this? :)

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    Hana Jan 15, 2017

    Funny, cute and romantic. Everything I needed :)

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    BeautifulSwan Jan 10, 2017

    second male lead is much much much better

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    BeautifulSwan Jan 10, 2017

    Main lead is a jerk.. cannot stand watching this

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    Almonda Jan 9, 2017

    I really wanted to like this drama, but dropped it after some episodes...Kim Hye Jin was just too over the top for me, too loud..the acting felt too forced and the character Ji Seong Jun was not likable at all.
    I like the Chinese interpretation of this drama and the characters a lot more.

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    Chuu Dec 30, 2016 - edited

    From a hater to a lover, I can't believe this. I will be rewatching this time and time again :) it's that good ~~

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      Lorra-Patricia 17 days ago - edited

      It's dramas like this that taught me to stick a series out for at least 7 episodes even if I have to skim them, then I jump forward 5 episodes and watch/skim that, before permanently throwing in the towel. I only do this with tropes I really LOVE though. She was pretty is one of my all time favorite tropes. I watch it over and over again.

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    Chuu Dec 29, 2016 - edited

    Ughh, I'm just so mad with the male lead and it's just the second episode! Really wanting to drop this... I don't know what to do... Please, tell me that he stops being such a huge a$$hole in the next episode or so, because I don't think I will stand any more of his jerk-y antics.

    edit---- I'm just gonna put this on hold and go watch some cute fluffy drama like Weightlifting Fairly Kim Bok Joo, because the male lead in this one made me so mad that I'm thinking in dropping this, but I really want to watch more just to see if it gets any better... I really like the plot. Ugh.

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      Ann Jan 6, 2017

      I suggest you continue watching it. The first 4-5 episodes pisses me off actually, PSJ being an asshole and HJE (Kim Hye Jin) acting like a big loser. I mean cmon, family went bankrupt and yes she' not that pretty anymore but I don't understand why she have to act like a freaking loser. See I told you its pissing me off. hahaha

      And I'm telling you later on, you'll hate the girl best friend. Hang on to it and give it another shot. :)

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      Chuu Jan 6, 2017

      Thank you :) I dropped it for a couple of days and then went back to watch it again. After the next couple of episodes, it got better and then I just kept watching 'till I finished it. It was hard. It was VERY hard at first. And yeah, I agree, just because she wasn't "pretty" anymore (she wasn't even ugly, she was cute imo) doesn't mean she had to act that way. But oh well. After the first 5 or 6 episodes it got better.
      Anyway, thanks for replying!! :)

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    Megunefetish Dec 22, 2016 - edited

    one of the few dramas that kept me rooting for the second lead instead of the first one

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Sep 16, 2015 to Nov 11, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 12,213 users)
  • Ranked:

    #242
  • Popularity:

    #19

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