TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Very minor spoilers.
The two-hour long, four-episode MBC drama special You Drive Me Crazy (미치겠다, 너땜에!/I’m Crazy, For You!) shows you can tell an engaging romantic story in a short amount of time as long as you have good actors and focused writing.
Essentially playing out like a full-length film, You Drive Me Crazy! is a literal slice of life story of friends-maybe-lovers Han Eun Sung (Lee Yoo Young) and Kim Rae Wan (Kim Seon Ho). They’ve been best friends for eight years. But one drunken night together and their relationship is on awkward footing. Though they’ve agreed to never talk about sleeping together, the lingering feelings and the possibility of their friendship being something more slowly creeps back. Especially when Eun Sung crashes at Rae Wan’s home while her own apartment is getting repaired.
The sexual tension between the two friends is pierced by handsome singer Yoon Hee Nam (UNIQ’s Sung Joo) and pretty bartender Moon Seo Jung (Kwon Doh Woon). But the biggest hurdles end up being Eun Sung and Rae Wan’s career insecurities and the fear of how pursuing a romantic relationship may harm their friendship.
The slice of life treatment of their story is effectively laid out. We immediately get to see the dynamic between Eun Sung and Rae Wan and understand that there are indeed feelings for each other. Their hesitation in pursuing those feelings is fueled by Eun Sung’s thankless job as an interpreter and artist Rae Wan’s creative slump. As they don’t feel like they’re in a position to enjoy a romantic entanglement at the moment, the fear of losing their best friend almost solidifies their decisions.
That is, until one of them finally shoots their shot. (As the kids say these days.) And the toughest decisions end up being made.
The series’ premise is perfect for the two-hour runtime. Split into four 30-minute episodes, it is definitely best to watch all in one sitting. And it’s an easy watch.
You Drive Me Crazy is mostly a fluffy romcom with some relatable real-world situations. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, nor does it aim to do so. And knowing what it is allows the series to focus on delivering this moment in time for the characters.
Lee Yoo Young and Kim Seon Ho share an excellent chemistry. They play off the friends-with-feelings dynamic well. And as both characters are experiencing their own internal, emotional struggles, they effectively portray those feelings alongside the playful banter with each other. It’s a great balance of the mature and the immature. And both fit their characters well.
You Drive Me Crazy doesn’t take too many chances. But for its length and what it is, it doesn’t have to. A thoroughly enjoyable slice of romance.