Sweet & Sour parents guide

Sweet & Sour Parent Guide

For better or worse, this is a realistic look at the challenges of real life relationships.

Overall C

Netflix: In this Korean romantic drama, a young couple struggle to regain the sweetness of their relationship while struggling to keep it afloat while they are working in different cities.

Release date June 4, 2021

Violence A
Sexual Content B-
Profanity D
Substance Use C

Why is Sweet & Sour rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Sweet & Sour Not Rated

Run Time: 101 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Sweet & Sour follows the relationship of Jang-hyuk (Jang Ki-Yong) and his girlfriend Da-eun (Chae Soo-bin) as they navigate the challenges of modern dating. Early in their relationship, Jang-hyuk is transferred to a new engineering firm in Seoul, which forces the couple into a long-distance relationship. At his cutthroat new firm, Jang-hyuk is paired with the ambitious and beautiful Bo-yeong (Krystal Jung), who wants more than just a professional relationship with her new colleague.

While romantic films are often derided for depicting idealized hearts-and-flowers relationships, there’s been a recent trend for genre films to depict their difficult, messy, and agonizing aspects. Sweet & Sour is a heartbreaking film because it unflinchingly examines a realistic, complicated relationship and the imperfect people in it. If you’re looking for a light romantic comedy, this is not going to be a good choice for you.

I have to praise the fantastic acting in this production, particularly the three lead actors. All three characters are well-rounded and multifaceted (which is also a tribute to the writers). At no point do any of them fall into tired tropes or stereotypes, but remain realistic people in their own right. For most of the movie I thought I knew where this story was going, and, boy, was I wrong. There is a fantastic twist near the end which really breathes life into what could have been a generic romantic drama.

This is not a film for children, or probably for teens either, because of its excessive swearing and depictions of drinking and smoking. In addition, there’s a minor plot point around a character’s abortion. This is not discussed in detail, nor is it terribly clear what happened at first. I found this plot point to be realistic in the context of the story. It isn’t gratuitous, but I understand how it might be a deal breaker for some viewers.

If you’re looking for a good cry, or maybe just an excuse to eat a lot of ice cream, Sweet & Sour might be just what you’re looking for. Tear-splattered triple chocolate ice cream sounds like a do-it-yourself sweet and sour Friday night.

Directed by Kae-Byeok Lee. Starring Krystal Jung, Jang Ki-Yong, Chae Soo-bin. Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release June 4, 2021. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Sweet & Sour rated Not Rated? Sweet & Sour is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: None.
Sexual Content: Adult couples kiss throughout. Adult couples share beds, but no sexual activity is shown. A man accidently touches a woman’s clothed breast. A character obtains an abortion.
Profanity: Expletives are frequent throughout the film, including over 20 scatological curses, 10 sexual expletives, as well as minor curse words and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A few adult characters are shown smoking cigarettes to relieve stress and stay awake. Adults drink socially in multiple scenes. A woman gets drunk at a restaurant.

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