Geu Rim finally gets to enter her favourite school because of a scholarship the director offered her. Going to the same school are Tae Jun, a popular singer, and Irene, the new CF princess of Korea. Tae Jun is Geu Rim's favourite artist, and the greater is her joy when she finds out said young man is in the same class as her. But Tae Jun has only eyes for Irene, who doesn't return his feelings but rather avoids any contact with other students.
Geu Rim isn't really pleased about the fact that she has to be Irene's roommate, and she quickly detects that it is the same for Irene herself. Until the day Geu Rim discovers Irene's most personal secret: She is actually a he, and his name is Hyeon U. About a year ago Hyeon U debuted as Irene since no company accepted him as a trainee for a boygroup because of his girlish looks.
Ma Boy is a rare take on the gender-bender comedies where a guy dresses up as a girl instead of the more common other way around. And for a show that's only 3 episodes long, it manages to tackle an aspect of gender-bending that few shows do; how it can distort one's personality when their hiding who they are.
The show is simple and fun, more slice of life than over-the top. which works because of the cable channel (which focuses on youth) and the length. But the story is also deeper as it tackles how Irene has affected Hyeon U-how playing two different personas and having the fake achieve the dreams that the real one fails to can cause problems, especially at an age where finding yourself is hard enough. And we watch as Geu Rim and Hyeon U both grow, she learning to let go of a silly crush and him stepping back and looking to see if his dreams are still the same.
Ma Boy is a great watch, fun and meaningful. And at only 3 episodes, it's great for a quick short watch.