Untamed Heart

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

Caroline (Marisa Tomei), a waitress in a Minneapolis diner, has a problem with men. She gives herself wholeheartedly to a relationship and gets nothing in return. Her luck changes when she meets Adam (Christian Slater), a bus boy in the diner. Adam is the son of Catholic missionaries. His mother died giving birth to him, and his father was killed in Africa, landing Adam in an orphanage. A congenital heart defect kept him from normal boyhood activities, which has caused him to be extremely introverted. One evening while walking home from work, Caroline is attacked. Adam comes to her rescue and beats up the would-be rapists. Caroline falls in love with Adam, drawing him out of his shell. She finds in him a sincere love she has yet to find in a relationship - he even gives her presents on his birthday. When the rapists get revenge and stab Adam, nearly killing him, the doctors stress his need for a heart transplant. He is vehemently opposed, and leaves the hospital. Caroline knows her time with him is limited, but tries to make the best of it. UNTAMED HEART has a nice premise but doesn't carry it out well. It's a teenager's movie, with many issues and plot devices they can relate to.

Predictable in a film aimed at teenagers is a deluxe portion of objectionables. Once again, the theme that a loving relationship cannot be meaningful or successful unless it is sexually consummated rears its ugly head. Also, Adam's almost idolatrous worship of Caroline is unhealthy. He secretly follows her home every night which, in today's world, borders on stalking. The menu includes one f-word and eight s-words, five regular profanities, an attempted rape, a man stabbed in the stomach, fisticuffs, and implied sex between Adam and Caroline. There is no nudity. The theme of sex without marriage, coupled with the violence and language, seriously detract from UNTAMED HEART's acceptability.

Preview Reviewer: Pete Zimowski
MGM, 10000 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (8) times - Mild 3; Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Several (8) times (7 s-words and 1 f-word)

Profanity: Many (13) times - Regular 5; Exclamatory 8

Violence: Moderate - Few times (attempted rape; stabbing, some blood shown; two fist fights)

Sex: Implied twice, unmarried couple; no nudity

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Slang for fornication

Drugs: None

Other: None

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