Na Ae Ra dreams of becoming a rich housewife, and after she falls in love with an engineering graduate, Cha Jeong U, who promises to make her one, they get married. Some months later Jeong U suddenly announces that he will be quitting his job and starting a business. However, his company isn't doing well and after years of shared poverty and worsening marriage problems Ae Ra wants to divorce. But a few years after their breakup Ae Ra, who is still in huge debts, learns that Jeong U has become the wealthy owner of a very profitable business. Jeong U now believes that Ae Ra wants him back, while Ae Ra is just plotting for revenge. How will their relationship turn out?
The way this drama started off, I was unsure if I would be able to like it, but somehow it ended up becoming one of my favourite kdramas. The story is very typical, and the characters presented also seem very common. Initially, Na Ae Ra seemed naive and needy, while Cha Jeong Woo appeared to be your typical arrogant rich guy. As the drama continued, there was nothing particularly unique about the story, but what won me over were the main characters. I thought this drama did a brilliant job of finally presenting a strong female character rarely seen in kdramas, and demonstrating a broken relationship where both sides were guilty and had to reexamine themselves, to make equal contributions towards rebuilding the relationship. Na Ae Ra matures throughout the course of the story and it was nice to see the female lead of a romantic comedy not just being pulled along by the male lead.
As for the side characters, I wish they could have been better developed, but there is your typical array of characters that add enjoyment to the drama.
If you're looking for something unique, this drama isn't what you're looking for. However if you're one to love a good romantic comedy, cliches included, I would recommend this, as it was enjoyable throughout. Because of the strong main characters, and the excellent chemistry between them, this drama was a lot more fun than expected, despite the predictable plot elements.
Sly and Single Again is a romantic comedy that sounds interesting on paper but fails to truly live up to the hype.
The premise is definitely interesting, in a heroine that goes from hardworking, nothing-can-get-me-down to what sounds like your quintessential gold-digger or second lead. And a male lead whose rich, suave and handsome...until you learn that he's a goofy dork underneath it all.
So while it sounds like it should be refreshing to watch our leads not only get past previous wounds and history but also overcome new problems, the story revolves around the same issues every other show has. And their dealt with the same way. Eventually, what was supposed to be new never quite managed to break their moulds.
The lead acting is great, and is really the only thing that manages to make each character fun, but that's about it.
A nice romantic comedy, just don't go into it expecting something amazing. It's a fun ride that could be worse, but could also have been so much better.