'The Heart Specialist'
(Wood Harris, Zoe Saldana, Brian White, Mya, Scott Paulin, et al / DVD / R / (2006) 2011 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: 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.
DVD Verdict: 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 just, well, you'll see!
Anyway, 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! I hope you will too! [MM] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: