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Review: My Sassy Girl

Here’s another instance of a remake which is totally uncalled for. The original 2001 South Korean film of the same name had established a cult reputation, writes Rashid Irani.
Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2009 04:24 PM IST

My Sassy Girl
Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Jesse Bradford
Direction: Yann Samuell
Rating: **

Here’s another instance of a remake which is totally uncalled for. The original 2001 South Korean film of the same name had established a cult reputation.

The American version — which evidently inspired Bollywood’s Ugly aur Pagli — labours away to serve a mix-and-match of humour, sentiments and romance.

The outcome turns out to be an exercise in banality.

The plot, for those who came in late, revolves around a nerdy management student (Bradford) and a ditzy blonde (Cuthbert). When she is not drunk, she expects the smitten fellow to carry out all her instructions. The long-drawn-out finale is a cop-out.

In fact, the direction by French helmer Samuell is pedestrian consistently, relying excessively on arty fast-motion shots.

My Sassy Girl never comes close to doing justice to its Korean progenitor.

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