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20th Century Girl

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Korean teen romance has drinking, emotional intensity.

Movie NR 2022 119 minutes
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age 13+

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Such a soothing movie it is! Sometimes we have to let go of the things and move on, it is impossible to move on but we have to go through it SPOILER ALERT!! Man the movie…. Every time I watch, I would only look at the male lead and think, wish he wouldn’t have hurt that little too! All the actors portrayed their characters very beautifully. The first time I watched the movie, the thought this is just like some other rom-com, but I didn’t know it would make me cry that much, and watching for the 2nd time was so hard for me, but I watched it, I’ve gone through it. The movie is similar to our life,Cause who knows, what happens next? Life is full of surprises, so always be prepared for the unexpected. Too much of attachment also lead us to too much of disappointment.

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This Korean teen romance is a sweet story with characters that are very hard not to like. Kim Yoo-jung lights up the screen in 20th Century Girl as an independent and strong-minded teenager with a generous heart. She and co-stars Byeon Woo-seok and Park Jung-woo are totally believable as high schoolers discovering life, love, and loss. They're also funny and prone to exaggeration, infusing the film with moments of both comedy and melodrama.

Set in 1999 -- captured in first email accounts, pagers, baggy clothes, girl bands, and Y2K worries -- the period carries a whiff of innocence. The South Korean location, filmed in shades of green and yellow, couches the characters in a safe and gentle setting, allowing them to focus solely on matters of the heart. Spoiler alert: the unexpected ending is a tearjerker.

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