I came into You’re My Pet with very low expectations because let’s be honest here, Korean romantic-comedies tend to be quite predictable and oftentimes fluffy. Usually the scenario follows something like this: Hero and heroine meet. They fall in love within an hour or two, hijinks ensue. Fate keeps them apart for a few minutes. They get back together and live happily ever after. The end.
While this certainly didn’t top my list of all-time favorite Korean rom-com movies, nor would I be inclined to recommend it to a friend, it delivered where I expected it to deliver — I was entertained for an hour and fifty minutes. You’re My Pet even managed to make me smile (gasp!) and chuckle to myself twice (omgnowayrealllys?) But where it ultimately failed was setting up a relationship that was believable and genuine, and that’s where the drama lost points from me.
I’m assuming that a lot of people will watch this because they either like Jang Geun Seok or Kim Ha Neul (or both), or they’re interested to see the Korean adaptation of the Japanese manga, Kimi wa Pet. I don’t know anything about the manga or the Japanese movie adaptation, so I can’t vouch for it. However, after watching the Korean adaptation, I’d like to read the original manga or watch the Japanese version now to see how they portrayed the story. Because they probably did better.
In all honesty, You’re My Pet should receive a poor rating, especially because the editing was choppy and the transitions a little rough. The story failed to flow smoothly, and I felt absolutely no romantic onscreen chemistry between the two leads. (It was even worse than Han Ye Seul and Song Joong Ki’s romance in Penny-Pinchers.) In short, it didn’t feel like a romance, but two people getting together just because Show wanted them to pair up in the end. Yes, t’was a travesty. There weren’t that many moments in the movie where I saw Momo (Jang Geun Seok) and Eun Yi (Kim Ha Neul) fall in love with each other. Sure, they fought and laughed in a few scenes and went on a date or two, but if you asked me why they should be voted as the movie’s one true pairing (OTP), I wouldn’t be able to tell you why. Because a woman who falls in love with a man, originally thinking that the man reminded her of her old pet dog isn’t very romantic at all.
It’s actually hilarious in a bad way, if you think about it. No man really would want to be compared to a dog, no matter how cute the dog is. Plus, we never really saw the pivotal moment where Eun Yi begins to see Momo as a man, and not as the human incarnation of her doggy; there’s no momentous change in how she regards Momo as far as I know. When she worries about Momo, I can’t figure out if it’s because she’s reminded of her old pet, or because she truly cares about her housemate We see glimpses of deepening attachment on Momo’s part, but Eun Yi’s attachment remains an ambiguous question.
As for Jang Geun Seok, he was, for the most part, adorable as the sometimes cheeky Momo. While he got his part down pat, I couldn’t really love his character, which I thought didn’t have enough depth. The same could be said of Eun Yi, who I also thought was a caricature. They weren’t characters I truly cared about, but only two people on the screen in front of me. And for that, You’re My Pet is ultimately is a miss, though it was a pretty good mind-numbing entertainment.
Just for kicks, here are a few screenshots from scenes I enjoyed.
Payce Out, he’s saying. Just kidding, Momo’s doing a random dance for everyone.