Review: Thirty-Nine

Posted September 6, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments


Starring: Son Ye Jin, Jeon Mi Do, Kim Ji Hyun, Yeon Woo Jin, Lee Moo Saeng, Lee Tae Hwan
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 12
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Jeon Mi Do

Leaning on each other through thick and thin, a trio of best friends stand together as they experience life, love and loss on the brink of turning 40.

Cha Mi Jo is the head dermatologist of a clinic in Gangnam. She is a warm character who grew up in a wealthy environment with a caring family and everything she could wish for.

Jung Chan Young dreamed of becoming an actress but ended up becoming an acting teacher instead. Although her way of speaking may seem blunt and harsh, the sincerity in her words makes her a character impossible to hate.

Jang Joo Hee is a department store cosmetics manager. Due to her timid personality, she has yet to really experience a romantic relationship.

This drama had me in my feels from beginning to end. It wasn’t an easy show to watch so I was glad that I watched it while they were releasing weekly episodes instead of waiting until all of the episodes had released. I needed the break between episodes to gather myself since I was spent emotionally every week.

This show follows a group of friends as they deal with the very real possibility of losing one of their own. It follows three women who grew up together, have lived their lives with and for each other and one of them has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Son Ye Jin plays the mother hen of the group, Mi Jo. Mi Jo grew up with a pretty close adoptive family and while she’s always wondered about her biological Mom, she never met her. Until she’s almost forty and her biological Mom is stirring up trouble in her personal life.

Chan Young is the second friend and she has been in love with her male best friend for forever. Things are complicated between her and Jin Seok since Jin Seok is married but the love between them is too strong for them to walk away from each other so they remain friends. Seeing these two, along with Chan Young and her girl friends love each other and be there for each other made this drama a memorable one, at least for me.

The last friend is Joo Hee and my girl was in a rut. She’s a department store cosmetic manager and you could tell that she was low key over her job. Having to take care of customers who are constantly rude got to be too much for her so when she quit, she quit in grand style. She’s almost 40 years old and just over having to be nice to rude people over and over again. When she gets close to the guy that just opened up a Chinese restaurant in her neighborhood, she starts to come out of her shell and going after the things that she wants but it’s not easy.

The three friends are all going through their own struggles, dealing with new and not so new romances, and through it all, they’re facing obstacles together. The overall story being told here was slow to develop but I thought the pacing worked for this specific drama. The tone was kind of melancholy throughout with spurts of happiness, love, and caring. The three friends reminded me of my friend group in that there is not a thing that I wouldn’t do for them and them for me. They reminded me of sisters who laughed, loved, and fought together. It wasn’t always fun and smiles and through the tough times, each of them shine in their own ways. I grew to love all three women and all three men at the center of this drama and I was glad that I stuck with it.

My favorite friend was Jee Hoo. Everything about her just worked for me and I wanted to be her best friend too. I connected with her as a person, connected with her life’s situation and I wanted to hug her more than once throughout the show. Her romance was my favorite as well. Each of the girls were great but Jee Hoo was my girl through and through.

Overall, this was a story that was slow to unravel and in the beginning, you’re kind of hoping for things to speed up a bit but if you keep going, you’ll be rewarded with a heartwarming story of love, friendship, and loss. Every actor in this (big role to small role) did such a fantastic job of bringing this story to life and even though it was slow in the beginning, I’m glad that I finished it because I really came to love everyone. I laughed, I got frustrated, and I cried but I never wanted to stop watching. If you’re looking for a drama that make you feel all the feels then this one is for you.

Final Rating


4 out of 5

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