This week’s Friday Night Drama selection has been inspired by a conversation I had with a couple of friends of mine, as we started talking about dramas we could never quite bring ourselves to finish. During said conversation, I was surprised to learn that both of my friends had never managed to finish Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan’s romantic comedy, Lie to Me so I decided to feature it as this weekend’s drama to marathon, in the hopes that it would inspire them both to finish, what I thought was an enjoyably fluffy little drama.
Originally airing on SBS from early May to late June, 2011, Lie to Me is the story of Gong Ah Jung (Yoon Eun Hye), an employee of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism who, in a desperate attempt to save face, tells her antagonistic (and boyfriend stealing) frienemy that she’s actually the wife of Hyun Ki Joon (Kang Ji Hwan), the very wealthy president of World Hotel. Through a series of misunderstandings, Ah Jung’s lie snowballs into a huge mess and before she knows it, she finds herself face to face with Ki Joon and a very hefty lawsuit. As one would expect in a K-drama rom-com, nothing goes as planned and before they know it, Ah Jung and Ki Joon find themselves trapped in a fake marriage which, as we all know, can only lead to one thing… True Love!
Of course there are a couple of twists and turns along the way… Ki Joon’s ex-fiance, Oh Yoon Joo (Jo Yoon Hee), returns and tries to win him back, Ki Joon’s little brother, Hyun Sang Hee (Sung Joon), falls for Ah Jung and creates all kinds of family drama and Ah Jung’s old boyfriend/first love, Chun Jae Bum (Ryu Seung Soo) is now married to her frenemy, Yoo So Ran (Hong Soo Hyun) but for the most part, this drama is pretty predictable. Going into it, you have to know that the crazy girl spouting lies is going to end up with the rich jerk, as he inevitably softens and eventually falls for the girl who crashes into his life like a whirlwind and messes everything up along the way. Still, even with its predictability and sometimes down-right cheesyness, I enjoyed Lie to Me. It’s certainly not a drama to watch if you’re looking for something deep and intellectual but if you’re in the mood for something light and fluffy, perhaps something to distract you from the stress or overall crappiness of the past week, then Lie to Me is certainly a worthy option.
I particularly enjoyed the chemistry between Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan, as I thought they provided some pretty decent on-screen sparks. I’m sure there are some mixed feelings out there over the Coke-kiss scene but if you overlook the fact that they just made a HUGE sticky mess all over Ki Joon’s immaculate kitchen and they’re going to spend the rest of forever trying to clean it up, then you’ll probably find that it’s actually a pretty great kiss. Of course there are more moments where the on-screen sparks fly, at least in my opinion, though those are probably due to the fact that I absolutely love watching the jerk-of-a-lead slowly falling for the crazy girl next to him and Kang Ji Hwan does a fantastic job of revealing those little moments when Ki Joon’s heart softens. (Oh, I get all giddy just thinking about them! Yes, I’m a dork and I’m okay with that.)
Like I said, Lie to Me isn’t a deep drama, by any stretch of the imagination, and it’s really rather cheesy and predictable but I still enjoyed it. Sometimes in life you need a little extra cheese so grab a box of crackers (or a bottle of wine, if you prefer) and curl up with this predictably cheesy fluff of a drama. I guarantee you, it’s okay to indulge in the ridiculous every now and then and when you’re finished, you can come back and tell me what you thought. Maybe I really am the only one who was able to bring myself to finish this one… (Oh, and sorry for the awful cheese joke just now… I’m a sucker for horrible puns and dry humor. 미안!)