Film: Sunny

 

Sunny (써니) 2011. Written and directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol

Watch if you like:

  • the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and other 80s flavored nostalgia
  • Sex and the City + drop kicking ajummas
  • the multiple applications of designer bags (especially to cause bodily harm)
  • endearing and poignant high school high jinks
  • the unexpected benefits of cursing grandmas

The Korean movie Sunny is a celebration of high school friendship and reminder that just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to have it all together (and its never too late to turn things around). It navigates the joys and hardships of a core group of friends as they reunite for the first time since high school. The film explores how easy it is to lose touch not only with friends as we “grow up” but also how we lose touch with ourselves.

Slapstick comedy melds with a touching sincerity as the girls journey on their quest to reunite. Get ready for curse battles, police car rides, unrequited loves, at home dance practices, and some big hair. Its the perfect mix of bitter and sweet that will have you laughing and crying and laughing again.

The storyline might sound like it delves into the realms of tired clichés but even if the plot points have been used before Sunny reinvents them in a way that feels authentic and refreshing. Have tissues on hands because this story will hit you straight in the feels. And it might just make you call up those old friends of yours from high school.

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