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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 26, is someone playin' with your heart? By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic News Service QUIT PLAYIN' GAMES WITH MY HEART Even in my heart I see/You're not being true to me/Deep within my soul/Nothing's like it used to be/Sometimes I wish I/Could turn back time/Impos- sible as it may seem/But I wish I could so bad baby/Quit Playin' games with my heart REFRAIN Quit Playin' games with my heart/Before you tear us apart/I should're known from the start/Before you got in my heart I live my life the way/To keep you coming back to me/Everything I do is for you/So what is it that you can't see?/Sometimes I wish I could/Turn back time,/Impossible as it may seem/But I wish I could so bad/You better quit/Playin' games with my heart (REPEAT REFRAIN) Quit Playin" games/Baby, baby, the love/That we had was so strong/Don't leave me/Hanging here for- ever/Oh baby, baby, this is not a lie,/Let's stop this tonight Baby, quit Playin' games/Sometimes I wish I could/Turn back time,/Impossible as it may seem/But I wish I could so bad, baby/Quit Playin' games with my heart Written by Max Martin/Herbert Crichlow Sung by Backstreet Boys Copyright (c) 1997 by Zomba Recording Corp. The Backstreet Boys are hot! Their "Quit Playin' Games With My Heart" zoomed up the charts. The song tells a sto W most of us can relate to, namely, falling in love too hard and too fast. Now the guy in the song says, "Sometimes I wish I could turn back time, impossible as it may seem." In frustration, he tells his girlfriend: "Quit playin' games with my heart!" The song doesn't describe what "games" she is playing. Apparently, she has broken his trust. Whatever the situation, it's time for him to con- front her behavior. He says, "Don't leave me hangin' here forever." He wants to know whether she intends to treat him more fairly. However, her answer may not be enough. The guy also needs to ask himself how he got into this relationship in the first place. Was it the force of ical attraction? A whim of infatuation? The satisfac- tion of being needed? Such factors rarely make for lasting relationships. This relationship seems to lack the commitment to face problems and gradually work them through. Both individuals appear unready to give what it takes to build a loving, enduring relationship. the high school years, this is probably for the best. The guy needs to tell the girl that it is time for to split up. This can be done kindly yet clearly. He doesn't have to put her down. He has simply to state his decision that it is best for him to stop dating her. Maybe his biggest lesson concerns expectations. Some teens could benefit from a little time thinking through their reasons for expecting a long-term rela- tionship at this time in life in the first place. Of course, the best way to avoid trap is to be direct in communication. Tell the other that you would enjoy going out, but also be clear you intend to date others. What is the "right time" to be in love? I know is a sensitive topic. But remember this: If someone is "playing games with your heart," you can be sure is the right time to end the romance. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: lie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, Ind. 47635.) THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Aaron's Magic Village" (Avalanche) Animated version of Isaac Bashevis Singer's stories about a Jewish village in Poland which becomes threatened by a wicked sorcerer's Golem until an orphaned lad helps save the hamlet and its foolish residents. Directed by Albert Hanan Kaminski and narrated by Fyvush Finkel, the humorous tale conveys the distinctive fla- vor of Jewish culture and tradi- tion, though the story tends to drag in between lively musical ndmbers. The USCC classifica- tion is A-I -- general patronage. The MPAA rating is G -- gener- al audiences. "Career Gifts" (October) British drama in which a woman (Lynda Steadman) renews her friendship with a for- mer college roommate (Katrin Cartlidge) on a weekend visit which recalls their frenetic, uncertain lives as undergradu- [ i iii MUENSTERMAN'S FIRESTONE SERVICE, INC. 140o w. Franklin Evansville, IN 424-5000 i i I ares and how much each has changed in the six years since then. Written and directed by Mike Leigh, the impressionistic narrative is loosely assembled from scenes of past and present, relying mainly on improvisa- tional performances to create coherent characters but the result is too disjointed to add up to more than a tentative under- standing of how much progress the two have made in their lives since college. A sexual encounter with brief nudity, sexual situa- tions, recurring rough language and occasional profanity. The USCC classification is A-IV adults, with reservations. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Different for Girls" (First Look) British drama in which a man (Rupert Graves) meets a woman (Steven Mackintosh) whom he finally recognizes is an old school chum who has under- gone a sex-change operation, and unwittingly proceeds to wreck his friend's new life, then tries to make amends. Directed by Richard Spence, the story's bizarre situation is given some plausibility by the credible per- formances of the two leads, though what makes it notable is the serious treatment of the human dignity of a person who's attempted to switch gen- ders. Troubling theme of trans- sexuality, several sexual encoun- ters with brief nudity and some rough language. The USCC clas- sification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "The Edge" (20th Century Fox) Stranded in the Alaskan wilderness and trailed by a hun- gry Kodiak bear, a billionaire (AnthonyHopkins) and a fash- ion photographer (Alec Bald- win) struggle to survive the ele- ments and their mutual mistrust over the rich man's much younger wife (Elle Macpher- son). Directed by Lee Tamahori, the harrowing adventure is well acted, tautly edited and psycho- logically suspenseful, despite a few lapses in logic. Some intense, gory violence, intermit- tent profanity and recurring rough language. The USCC clas- sification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Going All the Way" (Gramercy) Satiric misfire about two Korean War vets returning to their Indianapolis homes to spend a summer pursuing women, the dim one (Ben Affleck) having effortless suc- cess while the other (Jeremy Davies), an introverted clod, suffers from his moralistic upbringing. Directed by Mark Pellington from Dan Wake- field's 1970 novel, the movie's 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 ii i ii RUXER leering focus on sex makes it seem like a one-dimensional cartoon, made all the more off- putting by Davies' unlikable portrayal of a borderline sociopath. Sexual encounters with nudity, sexual situations including masturbation, rough language and Profanity. The USCC classification is O morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "L.A. Confidential" (Warner Bros.) Stylish cop drama set in 1950s Los Angeles where three police detectives (Kevin Spacey, Rus- sell Crowe and Guy Pearce), each working on apparently unrelated homicides gradually come to realize that they all may be related to corrupt officials. Directed by Curtis Hanson, the darkly cynical story is densely plotted with murders most foul as the detectives work their way through a miasma of chicanery and deceit. 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