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This is a comedy???
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020
An out of work alcoholic liar with loose morals get thrown out by her over controlling judgmental boyfriend so, predictably, she runs home to her apparently abandoned parent’s home in the suburbs where she meets up with an at first normal seeming male childhood friend who turns out to be an abusive heavy drinker and bar owner with serious self esteem issues who has apparently been cyberstalking her since grade school.
She lands a plum waitress job at the bar, gets introduced to his two dysfunctional friends and all seems well but, as we suffer through the mundane lives of this group of absolute losers, we learn that these two have an unbreakable psychic link that was forged when the abusive friend stomped her elementary school diorama of Seoul, South Korea in an empty field that they walked past every day on the way to school.
This betrayal affected her strongly, causing lightening to strike her on top of her head (him too, it seems) creating monster alter egos that would appear in...you guessed it...Seoul - but only when he or she visited the empty lot now redeveloped into a playground.
At first it was just all good fun, getting wasted at the local bar then heading to the playground to unleash their inner monsters on the hapless and clueless Koreans. Then our alcoholic heroine has a casual fling with one of the losers and her friend/stalker/monster mate loses it in a jealous rage, threatening to do some real damage unless she hangs around. Naturally he has to punch her around a few times to make sure she understands how serious he is and how attracted he’s become to her sparkling personality.
She’s having none of it though and flies off to Seoul after figuring out that her monster would appear in the playground back home. True to his word he’s there (at 8:05 am...did I forget to mention that 8:05 am was when he stomped the diorama...forever setting the time when the monsters could appear?). He’s drunk and not at the top of his game though and she quickly gets the upper hand, capturing him (in his puny human form), giving him a stern stare and some monster breath before flinging him toward the far horizon.
We leave her in a bar (Korean bar this time) emotionally distraught, black eye and bruised face, asking the barmaid if she’d like to hear an amazing story.
We never find out whether she made it home to the domineering boyfriend or, equally likely, ended up in a South Korean mental institution...and we don’t care!