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Paper Heart (2009)

A movie directed by Nicholas Jasenovec

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  • Mar 10, 2010
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This faux documentary was nice a story to watch, but didn't leave a lasting impression. While I enjoyed it, there aren't many people I know I could recommend it to because it doesn't cater to a very wide crowd.

Which is weird because the topic is LOVE, but the presentation is too art-house for about 95% of the people I know.

That said it had its charms with comically and painfully awkward lead Charlyne Yi, and ever-droll Michael Cera.

The highlight of the entire movie was the funny little paper side tales presented. I supposed these help inform the title.

Overall, if you're into quirky, art-house, faux documentary films about love (ie your a college freshman majoring in liberal arts) you'll probably enjoy this flick

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review by . July 22, 2010
Charlyne Yi, a musician and comedian, plays a fictionalized version of herself. In the documentary, she states that she has never been in loe, and that she doesn't quite believe in love either. She sets out to interview people (scientists, couples, etc.) trying to learn more about love. Along the way, she meets Michael Cera, who is also playing a fictionalized version of himself. They start a relationship and have the deal with it being part of the documentary.    This hybrid …
review by . January 20, 2010
"Paper Heart" is two movies. One is an interesting documentary about love, complete with some rather sweet interviews and discussions on what love actually is. The other movie is a rather dull, paint-by-numbers romantic comedy that doesn't work nearly as well.    Charlyne Yi is the interviewer in the documentary. She travels around the country and speaks with individuals, couples and a group of schoolchildren, talking to them about love. She talks with a gay couple who've been …
review by . January 20, 2010
I really enjoyed the way this was told, very different from most romance movies out there! It felt more true than most Hollywood romances, and I'm a fan of mockumentary types. Not for everyone but I enjoyed it. Husband wasn't as big a fan.
review by . December 22, 2009
If you hate documentaries/mockumentaries or slow moving character pieces you will probably dislike Paper Heart.    But if you love creative film-making, the idea of investigating the inner angst of love and/or the above genres you should probably give this little quirkumentary a shot.    Creative it is, plus clever and bizarre, this film follows Charlyne in her quest to discover what love is and ultimately her fear that she's broken for not believing in or …
review by . December 22, 2009
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"Paper Heart"    Looking for Love    Amos Lassen    What a wonderful little film as a form of artistic expression but I have several questions that were raised by the film. I am not sure how love is defined in relation to the movie and I still do not know if Charlyne was truly sincere but I'll get to that in a moment.   Charlyne does not believe that love exists and as she travels across America she remains a skeptic about it. …
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A creatively self-conscious comedy that is part real documentary and part, well, something else,Paper Heartbegins as an inquiry by artist and comedian Charlyne Yi into the nature of love. Working closely with pal and director Nicholas Jasenovec, Yi travels the U.S. looking for anyone who will talk to her about their experiences with or perspectives about love. Along the way, she meets some wonderful people, including older folks, children, and even a celebrity (Seth Rogen) or two. But nothing shakes Yi's skepticism that there is such a thing as permanent, romantic love until actor Michael Cera (Juno) stumbles into her on-camera life. Shy but curious about one another, Cera and Yi cautiously hook up, troubled by the omnipresence of Jasenovec and his crew but unable to get free of Yi's agreement to allow everything to be filmed. The very pressure under which they try to make their simmering relationship work becomes the test Yi needs to believe that love is real--or, at least, cleverly scripted. It's hard to know exactly where the line is between documentary and fiction in this film, but in a way it doesn't matter. A point or two is made, and the audience gets to enjoy Yi's cardboard-cutout puppetry.--Tom Keogh

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Director: Nicholas Jasenovec
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
Runtime: 88 minutes
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
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