Sweet Stranger and Me: In My House

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It’s one of those pieces that feels familiar because it’s one of those run of the mill dramas. However, I tried Sweet Stranger and me out not for the plot-line, but rather for the actors. With Su Ae and Kim Young Kwang headlining the drama, I at least know that I will be watching some decent acting. Sweet Stranger is about the story of Hong Na-Ri, who works as a flight attendant. At first, it seems like she has her life in order, but two tragedies soon hit. The first is the death of her mother from a car accident. Through her grieving process where she becomes a workaholic, she becomes isolated from her boyfriend. Unfortunately,  her boyfriend takes this chance to have an affair with a younger coworker of hers. This younger coworker, Yeo Joo, is well known as a gold digger by her peers and a home wrecker. Yeo Joo seems to take pleasure in one-upping Na Ri and stealing her boyfriend/fiancé to be. As for Na Ri, she wasn’t about to take this slight sitting down and ended up dumping her boyfriend Dong Jin. She decides to go back to her mother’s home where she had abandoned earlier due to her grief. However, there is someone else living in her home. She meets Nan-Gil who introduces himself as her stepfather. However, he is way younger than she is and she has a hard time coming to terms with the situation. Not only are they in a weird father-daughter situation now, but he revamped her family dumping diner into a popular eatery. The two are forced to live together as they each have no where else to go. She keeps on trying to find out who he really is and uncovers the fact that he was actually a past gangster. However, she does realize that the marriage that her mother had created with this young man was to protect the family estate and inheritance from being gambled away by her estranged father. Slowly, these two become accustomed to each other and grow closer emotionally.

This drama’s strong point is that it is chock full of decent actors. I really like Su Ae and her natural acting. The same goes for Young Kwang, who up until now I have only seen as a second male lead. However, he is a developing actor and this role is good for him to start playing those main male leads. He is simultaneously adorable as the fake stepfather and also badass as the ex-gangster. Lee Soo Hyuk takes the second male lead role once again. He plays the quirky chaebol who is inserts himself into our main couples business because he is interested in making money of the estate. Lee Soo Hyuk is always that solid second lead, but I hope one day I can see him take a male lead role. He certainly has the acting chops and experience to pull it off now. As for Yeo Joo, played by Jo Bo-Ah, she is just great to hate. Her narcissism and cattiness makes you want to poke in her the eyeballs and hope she gets her comeuppance. All in all, with the huge slam of dramas coming out this winter, I may or may not continue watching this piece. While it seems like decent drama, there is a certain aspect of it that really pulls me in for right now.

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