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[Review] Business Proposal

Get ready for heavy fan-girling in this week’s review, ‘Business Proposal’ was one of my favourites dramas so far this year. This production ticked every single box in my list of well-written and done rom-coms. 

Based on the WebToon ‘The Office Blind Date’ by HaeHwa, ‘Business Proposal’ was written by Han Seol-hee and Hong Bo-hee, and directed by Park Seon-ho. 

The premise of this story follows the lines of a classic K-drama trope (poor girl meets rich boy). However, this production successfully adds its own twists to make it witty, fun, wholesome and even relatable. 

Shin Ha-ri (Kim Se-jeong) is a regular worker at one of the biggest food companies in South Korea. She is really good at her job, and takes pride in how she has been able to move forward and become rather successful, while she does what she loves and also takes care of hers and her family’s debt. 

Her best friend Jin Young-seo (Seol In-ah) is the complete opposite. She is well-off and has had a comfortable life. But she always missed the warmth and affection of her family, and became really close with Ha-ri and her family during their childhood.

These two besties are friendship goals, and they are so close that Ha-ri sometimes decides to go on blind dates instead of Young-seo. 

Young-seo is set up on a blind date by her father, she once again asks Ha-ri for help, but what these friends did not expect is how different and rather unique the personality of this guy will be. 

Business contract

Ha-ri meets Kang Tae-moo (Ahn Hyo-seop) in this blind date, and his personality is not like the previous guys she has been in blind dates with instead of In-ah. 

After a rather unusual first date, he asks her to go out again. She refuses and everything gets even more complicated after she finds out that Tae-moo is the president of the company she works in.

Eventually Tae-moo finds out Ha-ri isn’t In-ah, however, he still needs her help to not be forced into an arranged marriage by his grandfather. 

To make it even more complicated Tae-moo’s best friend Cha Sung-hoon (Kim Min-kyu) becomes neighbours with In-ha, and this pair cannot control their chemistry, even though their relationship started on the wrong foot.

Wholesome personalities 

Every single character in this drama is likeable, funny and mostly wholesome. Ha-ri’s co-workers are squad goals, and the same goes for her relationship with her family members. 

On the other hand, Tae-moo’s family, despite being just his grandfather, is also honest and very cute. There are plenty of scenes in this drama that show love towards your family through actions and it is heartwarming. 

Business Proposal’ despite falling into the classic drama tropes also shows strong female characters with well-rounded personalities. This story definitely doesn’t not follow the typical Cinderella story, every single romantic interest is balanced and they support and complement each other amazingly. 

If you were missing the classics, ‘Business Proposal’ is for you, and with this drama classic lovers get even more than what we expected. You can watch it on Netflix and check the trailer below. 

Kathleen Herrera
K-Beauty enthusiast, Drama Lover, Melophile and Foodie, writing about her faves on a daily basis.