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Zoe Saldana and Wood Harris lead an exciting all-star ensemble in writer/director Dennis Cooper's fresh, compelling film about love, laughter and medicine. Suave Harvard Medical School grad Ray Howard (Brian White) seems destined to specialize in womanizing. That is, until he heads to Florida to intern under the tutelage of chief resident Dr. Sidney Zachary (Harris). With help from his girlfriend (Saldana), "Dr. Z" sets out to mold Ray into a caring, responsible doctor. Along the way, he shares some important truths and a whole lot of humor in this sexy romantic comedy.

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  • Actors: Wood Harris, Zoe Saldana, Brian White, Mya, Scott Paulin
  • Directors: Dennis Cooper
  • Writers: Dennis Cooper
  • Producers: Dennis Cooper, Kristin Overn, Rebekah Sindoris, W.K. Scott Meyer, Yonatan Solomon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GT3XHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heart Specialist, The" on IMDb

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I am a filmmaker. I understand the complexities when it comes to having an idea for a film and executing it. I understand that. But let's be honest, this film isn't at all what you expected it to be. For me, the film made me realize that not all African-American comedies are sheer foolishness. This story is simple, sweet, and at times, very funny. The acting was good from the principal cast, better than I thought it would be (especially from Wood Harris; he proves time after time that he is capable of taking on the most unusual and unique roles).

To the reviews based on the film in general, you don't have to like (or review) every film you see. I don't like a lot of films for different reasons, whether it's based on the script, the acting, the directing, cinematography, etc. -- but, that's not the issue here. The issue is the audience and lack of a critical response to what they felt went wrong with the film as a whole.

Movie makers want movie goers to appreciate their art, even respect it. So when I read these reviews on the film saying it was a "snooze fest" and "boring film", and the like, I get frustrated because I know how hard it is to get a project (especially a film project) executed. It's like a final exam. You study for it, get the test and read through all the questions thoroughly, and then answer them. You may get some answers right and wrong, but the main focus is the final grade. For those who misunderstood this analogy: the film is the final exam, the studying is the production, the questions represent the bad and good things about the film (acting, script, etc.), and the final grade is the feedback. So what do you have when you have unanswered questions to a test you didn't study for? You obviously get a bad film, but this film is far from bad.
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I'm honestly not too surprised that some found this movie a little slow. It doesn't follow what seems to be the standard cliche for "African American" comedy dramas, IMO. That is, absurd drama, stereotypes, a measure of preaching and even more over-the-top drama followed up with an illogical ending all the while with sprinkles of black culture throughout and slapstick. While there was admittedly some level of 'preach' here, it wasn't so different than any other movie and I felt it was well done in the various subtle ways due ot the characters' interaction.

I will try not to give too many spoilers away but warn that I might, so you may want to skip to the end of the review if you don't want to know too much. The synopsis was already well described, the main characters are Ray, Donna and Dr. Zachary (Sidney), played by Brian White (JoJo White's son!), Zoe Saldana and Wood Harris. The story is about a young doctor trying to find his way - and the pieces of his heart - after following it to an under-funded hospital in Florida. In the aftermath, he learns quite a bit about heart, people, love and maybe most importantly, taking himself so seriously. Who you originally think could be the main character of the movie ends up not really being the one - though it's hard to argue against the person being the most important in the movie. In the end I too have to admit, it takes a dramatic turn that actually makes sense but still (spoiler.... warning....) leaves you reflecting on the characters.

I actually really liked this movie but then again I'm a fan of Wood Harris. He comes across as extremely down to Earth in this role like he did in "Remember The Titan's" and does a fantastic job with the material. Though comedy was probably branching out for him, he held his own.
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Does every movie have to be judged by the standards of "the Hollywood package"? I think not. I think there's definatly room for movies like this that don't fit neatly into a little pidgeon-hole of "drama" where there are no laughs or "comedy" where everything's slap-stick. This movie more closely resembles life: you have to laugh at things that are too overwhelming for tears; on the other side of laughter you find an amazing lesson that sticks with you and changes you like no lecture ever could. Not to mention that things happen sometimes that are'n se pas.
Young intern Ray Howard (Brian White) has followed his heart and a woman to Florida's "Mediocre Memorial" despite his blue-blood Harvard education and all its promise. Good-looking and well-educated, he is, or is about to be, a man who can have anything. Or is he? As he encounters one brick wall after another he is noticed by the dynamic duo of Donna (Zoe Saldana) and Dr. Z (Wood Harris) who decide he is worthy of rescuing and mentoring. What Dr Howard learns about "swagger", true friendship, compassion and especially, laughter are things Harvard could never have taught him.
The relationships in Heart Condition make it a must-see. Dr. Z and Donna"s is rare among on film romances and superbly done, as the the brotherhood that develops between Dr. Z and Ray. Also unique and quirky are the marriages--watch for Marla Gibbs and Ed Asner.
The twist is saved for the end where we have to get serious--but just for a minute. I admit I shed a tear, (my criteria for how good a movie is)and I was inclined to "groove at my own risk" at the end with a terrific cast!
Other movies you might like if you liked this one: Holiday Heart and Wonderful Life.
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