REVIEW: Wet Dreams 2 (2005)

A bunch of 15-year olds have a hard time seducing their studly teacher, until they discover what turns him on: farting.


By Jason Yu
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Wet Dreams 2

Original Title: Wet Dreams 2
몽정기 2 / Mongjeonggi 2
Year: 2005
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Genre: Comedy
Director: Cho Shin-jung

The story of three teenage girls

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These 15-year olds all want a piece of Mr. Kang like he’s the last cake on the plate.

Three high school students, Sung-eun (Kang Eun-bi), Sue-yeon (Jeon Hye-bin), and Mi-sook (Park Seul-gi) are obsessed about sexual fantasies. Like many students in their teenage years, these girls are curious about the opposite sex.

Everyday, the three fantasizes about nabbing a hot, sexy stud. Yet, the girls are resigned to believe that their Prince Charming won’t be coming anytime soon.

Until the new teacher, Kang Bong-gu (Lee Ji-hoon), shows up.

The suave, handsome teacher becomes the affection of every girls’ heart. With his incredible smile and chiseled looks, many girls feel like he’s too good for them. Yet, when the three lead girls find out his hidden secret – that he farts when he becomes aroused – Sung-eun finds hopes.

As she becomes determined to lose her virginity to the handsome teacher, one obstacle looms ahead of her – the beautiful Baek Si-mi (Shin Joo-ah), who also has her lustful eyes set on the teacher.

So the silly battle starts: who will sleep with Kang teacher first? Will it be the sexy and cunning Si-mi? Or the sweet and not-so-innocent Sung-eun?

Whoa, this is kinda weird…

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Teacher Kang is the lust of all the ladies… errr… teenage girls on campus.

… and it should be.

Many of the students are painfully young, even for a teen, sex comedy such as Wet Dreams 2.

Despite that, the film had promise in the first 30 or so minutes. The crass humor that is littered throughout the first half of the movie is actually pretty funny. The viewer will quickly ask “how will the girls will make teacher Kang fart” next. When he actually does, the fart jokes become amusing in their own right.

You have to give it up to the writing staff: Who knew farting could be considered erotic and a turn on?

Layers of cuteness are also found in the film. The scenes where the students show their best aegyo – cute affection – towards their teacher when he sings is great. Hearing Sung-eun say such lewd, disgusting lines in her attempt to get with teacher Kang was also hilarious.

The movie really prescribes to the slogan “the raunchier, the better.” Yes, the jokes can be uncomfortable at times. Yet, in a sex comedy such as this, the jokes fit in quite nicely.

As the first half of the movie comes to an end, you may be thinking that this movie may be able to be halfway decent. With the laughs and raunchiness coming in waves, one can almost be ascertain.

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The three girls plot their strategy to conquer Mount Kang.

Then the second half of the movie happens and we have ourselves a terrible movie.

When Sung-eun loses out in the Kang sweepstakes, we see what every girl feels when they see that their crush is unattainable. Jealousy. Anger. Perhaps even revenge.

The sudden switch from a light-hearted movie – filled with gags, juvenile humor, and nastiness – into a melodrama was not only disappointing, but ironically very expected. Many Korean directors feel the need to pull the “genre flip” and add teary-eyed elements in their films.

And that’s a terrible direction to shift towards.

I say to go with your movie’s strength. If your movie’s forte is creepy, teeny potty-humor, with some fart jokes added in, go balls-in. Don’t only go in 50% and shy away from what makes the movie enjoyable in the first 30 minutes.

It’s akin to McDonald’s switching to a pizza restaurant just because they can. It’s a poor business decision for the Yellow Giant Arches and similarly, a poor direction for Wet Dreams 2 as well.

The second half also suffers from rushed scenes, Kang’s lack of character development, and some side plots that have no relevance to the story (unless they’re setting the side plots up for a Wet Dreams 3).

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“Yes. I’ll be all over you like mayo on tuna.”

But the recurring problem of the film – even in the first half – had to be the age difference between teacher and student. While it’s not as disturbing as a 70 year-old guy trying to snag a 16 year-old, the movie definitely teeters on that edge.

It’s one thing if it was a case of infatuation or innocent love from Sung-eun. But the fact that she’s desperately trying to bag a full-grown adult when she’s jail bait is quite disturbing.

If the two were adults and had an age gap, there would be no problem. Or if it were two teenagers around the same age, again no problem.

Usually, moviegoers will want to root for the protagonist to hook up with the guy or girl. But when the age gap is wider than the Grand Canyon, it’s hard to keep supporting the main character without looking like a pervert or pedophile.

If there were some other angle to the romance, such as “I’ll marry you in the future”, an innocent love, or even something as cute and adorable as the 2004 film My Little Bride, the audience would be more accepting of the age gap. As is, it’s hard to accept a still growing girl trying to undress a grown man. Yuck!

With that being said, if you can distance yourself from underage lust and wrongness from so many levels, the humor is quite funny.

Watch this film if…

…you want to see funny, yet uncomfortable scenes between teenagers trying to bed their grown teacher.


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Jason is all about Asian films, as he especially likes the horror, thriller, crime, and war genres. For some odd reason, he likes bad movies too. When he's not watching Asian movies, he's playing video games or working in the Korean music industry as media in Seoul, Korea. If you're interested in Korean music, check out his other site at Popsori.