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Monday September 17, 2007 5:59 pm

Yann Samuel Directs My Sassy Girl Remake

Posted by Shannon Bennett Categories: Adaptation, Romance, Comedy,

My Sassy Girl Remake

We’re a bundle of mixed emotions about this one. If you’re not familiar with him, is the one-time directing wonder that was responsible for Love me if you Dare, or Jeux d’Enfants as it was released in its native France.  He just wrapped up the production on a new American film called My Sassy Girl. Now, the part of us that fell head-first for Love me if you Dare and it’s dark, dysfunctional brand of romance wants to get incredibly revved up for Samuel’s second film, doubly because it’ll be in English, but My Sassy Girl isn’t an original script, it’s a remake of a Korean gem that does not beg remaking.

The remake, along with the adaptation and the sequel are pet peeves of mine, and they seem to be all that are coming out of Hollywood right now.  My Sassy Girl is an autobiographical Korean romantic comedy about a boy who falls for an abusive, alcoholic bombshell and the hilarity that ensues. Somehow, we have a feeling they didn’t just translate it into English and cast love m as the jolly drunk.  No, no, American audiences would never go for that.  My fear is that they’ve turned the character into a sorority-type party girl whose obsessive behavior has been toned way down into maybe some clumsy injuries to her beau.

We’ve been slightly comforted by a recent still showing darling Elisha passed out and being toted out of an ice skating rink in broad daylight, which isn’t the behavior of a watered down drunk. So, hopefully, Samuel has stayed true to his off-kilter sense of romance and remade this movie the way it deserved, even if American audiences find it uncomfortable and wrong (it could happen, remember Secretary?).  I also hope that Elisha has been hiding comedic talent in a some top secret Bauer-box and will surprise us all.  Come to think of it, her little cameo in Love Actually wasn’t bad.

We await the trailer with bated breath - until then, check out the trailer for the delightful Korean original on Youtube.



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