Bo-eun and Sang-min have been friends since they were kids. Now she's 16, he's 24, and they've both been called to her grandfather's deathbed. The old man doesn't have a lot of time left, and he asks the youngsters to grant him a final wish. Once upon a time, when he was young, he made a promise to Sang-min's late grandfather. He promised that the two families would be united in marriage, but since both men only had sons, it now falls upon the grandchildren to keep the promise. Bo-eun and Sang-min must marry. Soon.
Naturally they both decline, but when they realise just how fast the grandfather's health is deteriorating they reluctantly agree. Slam-bang, a quick music montage and a ceremony later, and they're husband and wife!
Bo-eun and Sang-min's parents set them up in a small apartment. Since they aren't completely comfortable with this little arrangement, they decide to keep the marriage a secret from almost everybody. Sang-min only reveals his new marital status to a handful of his fellow students, while Bo-eun only shares the secret with her closest friend.
Bo-eun and Sang-min were like brother and sister when they were younger. Now they have to pretend to be lovers. The question is, can these two people find the seed of love, amidst the pressure of being a married couple? Or have their chances been ruined already?
The best part of "My Little Bride" is watching the dysfunctional newlyweds settle into married life. And don't worry, you can safely lean back and enjoy this, without fear of being called a pervert, because the film never hides the fact that it has no intention of implying anything even remotely naughty between the two leads.
They're simply adorable! They have food fights. They use rock, paper and scissors to determine who's going to do the dishes. They tease one another like a couple of teenagers flirting. In fact, if they weren't married you'd forgiven for suspecting that they have the hots for each other. Which of course makes the whole set-up extra ironic.
Between her ordering him around like they've been married for 20 years, and him teasing her about the physical aspects of their relationship, while trying to persuade her to at least let him sleep next to her, we get the sense they have real feelings for each other. If they hadn't been rushed into marriage they might have had a chance to figure that out for themselves, somewhere down the line. This is the part of the film that makes it a success. If it wasn't for the fact that we could see their potential as a couple, it would have been an awkward film. Instead this becomes a story about finding the love that was always there, despite all the obstacles the world puts in their path.
It's sweet, it's cuddly, and it's got all those signature scenes we've come to expect from Korean comedies. There's the one where the guy has to carry the girl home on his back, the one where they sing karaoke, the one where something extraordinary happens, but it turns out to be a dream. I know these scenes, or variations of them, have been done a million times before, but rarely do they work as well as here.
The film really settles into the perfect tone about halfway through, when Sang-min is assigned to Bo-eun's school, as part of his education as a teacher. Now he suddenly has to duck advanced from one of the old maid teachers, while pretending not to know his wife, and trying not to get agitated when she flirts with her baseball playing "boyfriend". Meanwhile Bo-eun has to look the other way as her fellow students swoon over the new dreamy teacher, and when the aforementioned old maid turns up at Sang-min's doorstep, she has to disappear along with all her girlie things in a matter of seconds, resulting in the film's funniest scene.
In the end, all this leads up to a pitch perfect finalé, which beautifully wraps up the story in a way that makes all the trouble seem worth it.
It's a dark a cruel world out there. Death and disaster can strike at any moment. You work too hard and they don't pay you enough. Whatever your particular beef with the world is, I can assure you that it'll seem a little less serious after watching this film.