Sa Geum Ran is an overweight housewife, living apart from her husband, Lee Gang Jun, for seven years now, yet without any complaints taking care of his family. One day she discovers he is not in the US anymore, but right there in Seoul, having an affair with a beautiful announcer, Gyo Chae Yeon. Soon after Geum Ran supposedly dies in a car accident. In truth she survives and with the help of Han Tae Hui, whom she mistakes for a plastic surgeon, she gets a complete makeover. Now as a beautiful woman with the perfect body, she swears to take revenge on her unfaithful spouse.
Birth of a Beauty starts off as a heart-tugging romantic comedy. And while the show falters and has many flaws, it does always manage to retain some of its heart.
The characters are guaranteed to at least get you on their side, with Geum Ran being an honest, hard working woman who married the wrong man. So when she undergoes her transformation, you can't help but cheer for her to succeed. And Tae Hui, as her (somewhat bubbling) helper is as dorky as he is eager and watching the two of them is entertaining.
Unfortunately, the show quickly manages to get caught up in corporate politics, which bog it down. Instead of character moments we get caught in boardrooms.
So while it remains entertaining when it's the emotional beats, the lost potential is disheartening.
Not perfect, but not terrible. An easy watch for a dry spell.