In the mid 90s, when all of his buddies were watching action movies, 14-year-old Hari Kondabolu was secretly obsessing over a romantic drama, "Untamed Heart."
The movie stars Marisa Tomei as a waitress at a diner in Minneapolis. She falls in love with a mysterious busboy played by Christian Slater, but there's a catch — Slater's character claims to have a baboon heart, which ultimately leads to a tragic ending.
Ridiculous conflict device aside, pubescent Kondabolu knew it wasn't the kind of movie he could tell other people was his favorite.
"As a teenage boy ... you're not supposed to want to fall in love, and you're not supposed to appreciate two characters who are in love. We're not really taught that."
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) October 1, 2017
Nevertheless, "Untamed Heart" was just the gateway drug for Kondabolu, who has been mainlining sappy romance films ever since.