Review: Drinking Solo


Name: Drinking Solo
Writer/director: Myung Soo-Hyun/Choi Kyoo-sik
Date: September 2016
Number of episodes: 16
Genre: Romance, teachers
Based on book/manga?: No

Why did I press play? It looked sweet, easy and like it would be fun to watch.

It is a heartwarming show that shows a very specific times in the characters lives. They all have the connection of either being teachers or students of an academy. None of the the are perfect and have their different struggles to reach their goals, whether it be being a good teachers, having a family, passing the exam and many other things. They they have struggles related to their lives and appropriate to their life. The interior and exterior view of the school and student houses are one of the coolest parts of the drama.

A few highlights:

  • The awesome dance between Park Ha-na and Hwang Jin-yi. I really wanted to learn the moves and join in!
  • The amount of time the word “high quality is used”.
  • Of course the story has humps and bumps, but there is an overall feeling of kindness and genuineness.
  • Ki-bumm, his romance, friends and almost getting beat-up by idols crazy fangirls. Somehow he is the wild card that brings the show together.
  • Chae-Yeon she is so consistent and goal oriented. She does her own thing,  yet drama still finds her.  You can’t can’t pass on her signature line. “if you came her to study, then study”.

The best line of the show, it’s nothing profound, just a little insightful and fun!
*I couldn’t find the scene to give an exact quote.

While shopping, Key said you can always tell how many years someone has been studying or failed the public servant exam, based on how old/fashion their tracksuit/study clothes are.

The bad: Can be slow at times and some characters are more relatable/interesting than others.

Who are the main characters? Which actors play them?
Jin Jung-suk played by Ha Seok-jin – main guy
Park Ha-na played by Park Ha-sun – main girl
Hwang Jin-yi played by Hwang Woo Seul-hye – second female lead
Min Jin-woong played by Min Jin-woong – second male lead
Ki-bum played by Key
Chae-Yeon played by Jung Chae-yeon – grumpy girl

Theme: Do you best and keep working through your struggles and towards your goals. 

What it’s good for? It’s something lovely to suit almost any mood.

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