Hye Mi is a top star and the center of the spotlight. Everything she does becomes an issue. In reality, she is a single mother and has a secret daughter that's a high school student. The two have a broken relationship but that's about to change as they come together to face a paparazzi that's trying to reveal the truth to the public.
Cast & Credits
The story almost revolves around a leading actress (Han Chae-young) who lives next to a teenage tennis player named So-eun (Jin Ji-hee) who is, in fact, her daughter. Mother and daughter do not get along, so the story begins ... Technically speaking, I liked the story a lot although it is not well written, in complicity with the cast was a dramatic and fun family comedy between mother and daughter, I also liked the cinematography, the takes and retakes are good, as for the soundtrack there is nothing to mention, it is in agreement, harmonious with the scenes, boring part is that the climax scenes are of low emotional impact but in the end "The Next Door" fulfilled what he promised.
The focus of this movie is very much on the mother (Han Chae Young) and her journey to taking responsibility for her daughter. This was the first time I saw Han Chae Young act and she was fine - the script didn't really require much from her. Jin Ji Hee's character, on the other hand, could've been better. Most of the time her problems felt superficial, I believe this was because the movie told rather than showed Ji Hee's character's issues with her mother. Not to mention she never sympathized with her mother. As for the support characters...they were fine. I was surprised to find Seulong here and in such a role but he was by far the most likable character in this movie.
Overall this movie is fun and simple but I won't be rewatching any time soon. I liked the story they were trying to tell but it was clear that it followed an established format and didn't bother to do anything new or interesting with its talented cast.