헬머니 (Granny’s Got Talent)

A The Pictures with a View/Content On Production
Distribution: Next Entertainment World
Rating: 18 and Over
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 108 Min
Shooting Time: 2014/Apr/10~Jun/09 (31 Dates)
Release: 2015/Mar/05

WITH 김수미 (Kim Soo-Mi) as Granny; 정만식 (Jung Man-Shik) as Seung-Hyeon; 김정태 (Kim Jung-Tae) as Joo-Hyeon; 이태란 (Lee Tae-Ran) as Mi-Hee; 정애연 (Jung Ae-Yeon) as So-Young; 이영은 (Lee Young-Eun) as PD Yang; 이아인 (Lee Ah-In) as Won-Hwi; 최규환 (Choi Gyu-Hwan) as Assistant PD; 김종구 (Kim Jong-Gu) as Director Lee; 조영진 (Jo Young-Jin) as Minister Park;

CREW Director 신한솔 (Shin Han-Sol) Executive Producer 이서열 (Lee Seo-Yeol) 박춘배 (Park Choon-Bae) | Screenplay 신한솔 (Shin Han-Sol) 사무엘 (Samuel) | Director of Photography 임재수 (Im Jae-Soo) Lighting 원종백 (Won Jong-Baek) Editor 문인대 (Moon In-Dae) Music 김태성 (Kim Tae-Seong) 안소영 (Ahn So-Young) | Assistant Director 선현철 (Seon Hyeon-Cheol)

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 4,087,671,672 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 518,279
BUDGET: 2,100,000,000 Won

Photo ⓒ The Pictures with a View, Contents On, NEW

SYNOPSIS

A national cussing battle audition is the hype of the nation. People from all over the country audition in hopes of becoming the “Cussing King.” However, the contestants’ redundant cussing causes viewer ratings to drop dramatically. The producer decides to revive the show by introducing a regular looking grandmother... [KoBiz]

IN SHORT

I confess that once upon a time I used to be a strong advocate of Kim Soo-Mi's distinct “charms.” It must have been around 2003, when she made her movie comeback in a cameo on Jang Na-Ra's star vehicle 오! 해피데이 (Oh! Happy Day) – a quick pillow shot where she shows up at a street stall and manages to drown Park Jung-Cheol in an eye-catching stream of creative insults. Back then seeing “Il-Yong's Mom from 전원일기 (Country Diaries)” revolutionize her image in such a way was quite fresh, and of course Chungmuro first and then Yeouido took notice. To the point that Kim found a sort of fountain of youth playing foul-mouthed grannies in everything from gangster comedies on the big screen to sitcoms on TV. But if you want to extend confession time to these pages, I'll confess that seeing her in this state is a bit akin to witnessing Fat Elvis: her best jokes and one-liners are well past her, typecasting has killed any novelty and/or particular flavor she might have brought to the table, and there's such an underlying lack of passion in everything she does these days that material that is already appalling as it is even loses the little “charm” that could have come from her curse-filled pizzazz.

Director Shin Han-Sol started his career decently, with zany but eclectic comedies like 싸움의 기술 (The Art of Fighting) and 가루지기 (A Tale of Legendary Libido) but then lost his plot with 위험한 상견례 (Meet the In-Laws) – a horrible knockoff styled after the Fockers saga. With this he goes through his second consecutive fumble, hastily trying to piece together lowbrow comedy (cursemeister Kim Young-Ok vs Kim Soo-Mi in a televised swearing contest?) and tearjerking melodrama (sad tears of a mother! Where have I seen that again?) with no transition whatsoever. On paper there was a decent cast able to rise above the (unintentionally) laughable material, but maybe the paycheck was more than enough.

Me? I miss Il-Yong's Mom…

ACTING GRADES

60 정만식 (Jung Man-Shik)
60 김종구 (Kim Jong-Gu)
60 이태란 (Lee Tae-Ran)
60 조영진 (Jo Young-Jin)
59 정애연 (Jung Ae-Yeon)
58 이영은 (Lee Young-Eun)
58 김정태 (Kim Jung-Tae)
55 김수미 (Kim Soo-Mi)
55 최규환 (Choi Gyu-Hwan)
54 이아인 (Lee Ah-In)

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