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Marriage Is Child's Play in 'Bride'

2004/04/01 | Permalink | Source

By Joon Soh
Staff Reporter
The new Romantic Comedy "Orin Sinbu (My Little Bride)" stars Kim Rae-won and Moon Keun-young, two of the cutest young actors currently on the big and small screen. And, for better or for worse, the film makes sure the audience knows it. Revolving around an unlikely marriage between a college hunk and a high school student, the film seems perfectly geared towards fulfilling the fantasies of the two celebrities' multitude of teenage fans.

Kim's character Sang-min, a brash college art student with an overactive libido, doesn't stray too far from the roles he played in recent hit television dramas and moderately successful films. Seventeen-year-old Moon, who became an instant household name after the commercial success of her last film, the seriously frightful "Changhwa, Hongryon (A Tale of Two Sisters)", will probably make high school boys swoon again with her portrayal of Bo-un, a high school girl with dewy eyes and a child-like personality.

Due to an old promise made by their respective grandfathers, the two young adults are suddenly forced to become husband and wife. But it's never quite explained why the parents of Sang-min and Bo-un go along with such an absurd notion, except that it's a dying wish of their elders. You'd expect a bit more resistance from Bo-un's parents to the idea of their 16-year-old daughter getting hitched, but outside of a few hissy fits by the mom, they're surprisingly accepting of the whole deal.

The audience, however, barely has time to notice the discrepancy as the film then begins its onslaught of syrupy cuteness. The domestic squabbles of the newlyweds begin from the words "I do", as the frightened Bo-un ditches her new hubby at the airport on their way to the honeymoon. Of the two, it's the reluctant teenage wife who has the hardest time adjusting to her new role, trying to keep the marriage a secret from her fellow students, and, unbeknownst to her husband, dating the high school baseball player of her young dreams.

Given Kim and Moon's drawing power, the film wisely gives itself over to the two actors' charismatic talents. Kim, an expert on being goofy but lovable, floods the film with his full-teethed smiles and manic energy. Moon's livewire porcelain doll act is also fun to watch, though her little kid antics get to feel a bit grating at points.

Add to the mix the obvious jokes about the spinster teacher who is desperate to marry (comedienne Kim Sem in her screen debut), and you have the formula for a winning, if a bit predictable, teen comedy. Older moviegoers may miss having a real plot to follow, but teenage fans of Kim and Moon will probably be happy to just wallow in the sweetness.

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