• Movie: Penny Pinchers
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2011
  • Duration: 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older


  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 4,493 users)
  • Ranked: #2514
  • Popularity: #442
  • Watchers: 7,802

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Ji Woong is a loser. He can’t find a job, lies to his mom for money, and fails in the bedroom for want of 50 won. He may not have much to show for himself, but at least he’s a good talker! But one day his mom abruptly cuts off the money tap, which means he can’t pay his rent. This effectively renders him homeless overnight. But that same day, salvation arrives in the form of Hong Shil, his bottle-scavenging savior.
Hong Shil is a serious modern-day Scrooge whose hobby is visiting the bank to make savings deposits, and whose specialty is selling empty glass bottles and old newspapers for cash. Her philosophy in life is to steer clear of religion, boyfriends, and getting sick because those things cost money. She has nothing but a TV for cultural entertainment, she believes anything within a five bus stop radius is walking distance, and she thinks she’s entitled to taking as much free sugar from cafés as she pleases. She’s great at saving money and she does anything she can think of to make cash. One day, her savings plans are brought to a screeching halt when she learns she needs a separate bank account under someone else’s name to reach her goal of 200 million won. That’s when Ji Woong comes into the picture. “Yes! You’re just what I needed!”
Hong Shil treats Ji Woong almost like her personal slave, while Ji Woong has no choice but to do as he’s told. Their rooftop roommates relationship begins!
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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2011
  • Duration: 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 4,493 users)
  • Ranked: #2514
  • Popularity: #442
  • Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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32 people found this review helpful
Feb 21, 2012
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Penny Pinching Romance isn't a perfect movie but it was a very enjoyable one. The synopsis here really doesn't tell you much or very clearly. Hong Sil is a woman whose past clearly navigates her present life. Unlike the synopsis suggests, she doesn't have any goal in life other than to collect money. She is calculated and methodical in collecting it and frugal in the extreme once procured. What she intends to do with it once she has it, even she doesn't know. Enter Ji Woong (Song Joong Ki) in whom Hong Sil sees purely an opportunity to make money faster. Of course, when you hook yourself up with a bit a scoundrel things don't always go according to plan.

This movie has a nice solid plot and story trajectory all the way through. It's real charm for me lay in all the atypical things about it. It is not standard rom/com fare. There is a serious and slightly gray quality to it that I actually found refreshing. This gray cast was in the set direction and writing but it was more to shape their circumstances. Let me assure you this is not a darkly written movie in a dramatic or depressing sense.

There were lots of moments I laughed out loud. Especially at some of the antics of Ji Woong. The scenes between Hong Sil and Ji Woong aren't overly cutesy but they are interesting and they make a great team as, unbeknownst to both of them, their feelings start to grow. Both actors sold their characters for me. Their chemistry together was good. The payoff at the end for both characters was worth 2 hours of my time.

Song Joong Ki is a 'characters' actor. Even if he has the looks to play a leading man, I hope he chooses wisely in the future because he's better playing a part with quirks and charisma. He has excellent comedic timing and a face made for acting through expression.

Han Ye Seul sells serious characters to me more than comedy so this part was perfect for her. I felt her emotion and I connected with the reasons why she was cut off emotionally and relied so completely on monetary security rather than the human kind.

I liked this movie. I would re-watch it again and I recommend watching if you are hesitating.

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18 people found this review helpful
Feb 27, 2012
Completed 1
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
Okay, so I finally finished watching this movie and honestly I don't know if I like it or not. I was really looking forward to watching this movie because I really like the main actor and actress but this movie was disappointing. For me it wasn't as romantic as they said it would be. It was sometimes funny though. Joong Ki is really adorable and he had really cute and funny moments in the movie and I think that was the only things I enjoyed while watching the movie. It wasn't as funny as what they described it to be. I don't even remember a lot of things that was going on in the movie because I was busy looking forward to the romance, but there wasn't even any. The acting was good but I don't think the story did justice towards the acting. It was an okay movie, for me at least.

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