Movie review of “Like for Likes”: This glossy, diverting South Korean ensemble comedy finds three would-be couples struggling to find real love. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.
Is modern love even possible without Facebook? Certainly not in the predictable but diverting South Korean romantic comedy “Like for Likes.”
An ensemble comedy in the vein of “Love Actually” (including a climax involving a lot of running through an airport), and with a similar, pleasing gloss, “Like for Likes” presents three would-be couples whose relationships are all but defined by social media.
Facebook becomes the church where unfulfilled or unspoken yearnings of wannabe lovers are revealed through the pressing of a “like.” An urgent post asking hundreds of FB friends to help find an elusive old flame mobilizes strangers to act like an arm of national security.
Movie Review ★★★
‘Like for Likes,’ with Yoo Ah-in, Lee Mi-yeon, Choi Ji-woo, Kim Joo-hyuk, Kang Ha-neul, Lee Som. Directed by Park Hyun-gene, from a screenplay by Yu Young-a. Not rated; for mature audiences. 123 minutes. In Korean, with English subtitles. Alderwood Mall 16.
A South Korean all-star cast appears in overlapping tales of lonely adults who could be happy if only they’d get over themselves.
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Yoo Ah-in plays a self-involved, international superstar who finds out that the TV producer (Lee Mi-yeon) who discovered him got pregnant, and had a son, after their one-night stand. When the latter keeps Yoo’s character at a distance, he madly tries to find a way into her life.
The most delightful pairing is the odd-couple mismatch of a flight attendant (Choi Ji-woo) and a chef (Kim Joo-hyuk). The kitchen maestro obsessively prepares his companion for marriage to another — a mask, of course, for his own suppressed longing.
Finally, a deaf composer (Kang Ha-neul) tries to hide his disability from an adorable new girlfriend (Lee Som), leading to complications with trust.
These folks are all linked in various ways, leading to a critical mass of simultaneous, desperate last tries for real love. Director Park Hyun-gene skillfully engineers the inevitable triumph of the heart over every kind of human foible, and — why not? — a viewer is temporarily hooked.