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Guilty pleasure: Hari Kondabolu loves ‘Untamed Heart’

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Hari Kondabolu 

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Courtesy of Hari Kondabolu

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."

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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." 

Nevertheless, "Untamed Heart" was just the gateway drug for Kondabolu, who has been mainlining sappy romance films ever since.