Korean Drama Second 20’s Review

Rating: 3/5

Plot: Ha No-ra unexpectedly became pregnant at age 19 and had to quit school and get married. For the next two decades, her life revolved around being a housewife and mother. Now, at 38 years old and on the brink of divorce, No-ra decides to go back to school and experience college life for the first time.
(Actors: Choi Ji-woo, Lee Sang-yoon, Choi Won-young)

Thoughts: Since I love my college dramas and this is leaving Netflix on 10/15, I decided to binge it. I liked the premise – mom going back to school to capture the experience she missed out on when she got pregnant at a young age.

But after watching the first two eps, I felt a wide range of emotions. Annoyance cause her character was so timid, meek, and clueless. Empathy causes all the college kids to treat her with a mixture of disdain and annoyance. Irritation cause while her husband has one foot out the door of their marriage, their son also treats her terribly, constantly dismissing her even when she’s made him food! I’m not someone who slaps, but definitely wanted to slap the son just once! Also felt sadness, because my own grandfather went to college at a very old age (after retirement) and while I didn’t think anything of it at the time (I was in high school), I wondered now if he faced disdain from college kids who looked at him and thought, “Why is this old grandpa in my class?” He did an art major, so maybe there weren’t a lot of group projects, but I hope college kids back then treated him kindly and respectfully. (I can’t ask him cause he has already passed away.)

The best part of watching this drama was seeing her slowly come out of her shell and regain the confidence she once had at 19. Everyone noticed it and began treating her differently – esp the son thank goodness. Took that jerk long enough to realize raising him and caring for him so well caused her to lose out on all her dreams of being a dancer.

*Spoiler alert*

One of my favorite scenes was at the very end when she opens the bottle and it says, “We have lived happily for 20 years and will continue to live happily.” Oh, what a flex! Totally made me wish someone would have written something like that for me. Imagine someone being so sure that you’d be together and live happily… couldn’t help but go Awwww at that scene.

*End spoiler alert*

This is an easy-going drama that went by quickly. It was definitely pretty predictable but I enjoyed it nonetheless. If you’re interested, watch it before it leaves Netflix in 7 days!

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