A baboon heart?Make no mistake, this movie's unabashedly gonna pull on the ol' heartstrings. And, just like me, you'll fall for it like a dummy. Oh well.
Caroline (Marisa Tomei) is working in a diner with a mysterious busboy named Adam (Christian Slater), who doesn't talk hardly at all. She never shuts up, but he sits at home and reads. One night, walking home from work, she gets attacked, but Adam saves her. They fall in love. One problem: he's got a big scar in the middle of his chest, and he thinks its from the fact that when he was younger, he had a baboon's heart transplanted into his body because his own heart was too weak. He needs a new transplant, but he doesn't want to get one: he feels that the heart gives him great strength and makes him ferocious when he needs to be, like the animal the heart actually came from (this came from a story told to him by the nuns who raised him).
You know what's going to happen. It's doomed love from the start (as all romances seem to be), and someone's going to end up with their heart broken.
But surprisingly, it works.
The premise is kind of goofy, but the actors work in their role. I liked Tomei here more than I did in My Cousin Vinny, and while I've never been a real Christian Slater fan, I actually didn't mind him here. They've got real chemistry together. There's also Rosie Perez as a friend and coworker, and she's minimally annoying.
Not a bad date movie."You are like sand in my underwear."