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Product Details

  • Actors: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Martin Starr, Derek Waters
  • Directors: Nicholas Jasenovec
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QW7AKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paper Heart [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. Or so she says. Well, at the very least, she doesn’t believe in fairy-tale love or the Hollywood mythology of love, and her own experiences have turned her into yet another modern-day skeptic.

Follow Charlyne across America as she and her good friend (and director) Nicholas Jasenovec search for answers and advice about love, by talking with friends and strangers, scientists, bikers, romance novelists, and children. They each offer diverse views on modern romance, as well as various answers to the age-old question: does true love really exist? Charlyne’s pursuit to discover the nature of love takes on a fresh new urgency when she meets a boy after her own heart: Michael Cera. As their relationship develops on camera, her pursuit risks losing the person she finds closest to her heart.

Combining elements of documentary and traditional storytelling, reality and fantasy, Paper Heart brings a fresh perspective to the modern romance and redefines the classic love story.

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A creatively self-conscious comedy that is part real documentary and part, well, something else, Paper Heart begins 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.

Customer Reviews

First off, let me just say that I "get" the movie.
Scott Yanoff
Will she find love amidst all the somewhat funny at times, annoying at others, mostly boring quirkiness of a flick?
mk
This film however lacks on so many levels that it simply didn't work for me.
Underdogdjr

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Jacobs VINE VOICE on June 23, 2010
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Charlyne Yi is a gal with a problem. She's not sure about love and whether it exists for her or if it ever will. So she sets about on a documentary quest to find out what other people think love is and just what exactly they think about it.

It's a romantic comedy that's a fake documentary that turns out to be party a true documentary. Trust me, you'll have to watch it to know what I just said.

Charlyne meets Michael Cera at a house party and a friendship begins to bud. After a short time, Mr. Cera would like it to develop into a romance because he falls in love with Charlyne.

As Shakespeare once wrote, therein lies the rub.

I guess love is something different for every individual and we need to discover what it is for ourselves. People can help us but the conclusions we draw are our own based upon our individual life experiences. And so it is for Ms. Yi.

I had to watch this one twice before writing my review. After that first time, I wasn't quite sure what it was that I'd just seen. It just seemed like I probably missed a lot seeing it only once... and I was right.

This is a movie that is based on a solid comedic premise... and then, in the middle, it changes into a different and maybe more solid, clever comedic construct. AND it makes you think.

Watching Charlyne Yi delve into this subject can be frustrating for you. I certainly was frustrated - twice. It was as if I wanted to help her... but I couldn't. Along the way, I came to appreciate a little more every woman I ever loved... even a little bit - and how much it meant when she loved me back.

As a man of 57 years of age, I probably had no business liking this little film so much, but I did.

I hope you do, too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on June 27, 2010
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I delayed watching this film because I made the mistake of reading too many negative reviews. It seemed like it was just going to be too "out there." The front artwork showing Yi and Cera running away from a film crew didn't help much. I was expecting a melodramatic mockumentary which didn't interest me at all. As others have pointed out, this is a hybrid documentary with elements of both a traditional documentary and fictional storytelling.

Yes, both Yi and Cera are awkward. I don't know about Yi so much, but that's Cera's M.O. so I'm surprised by other viewers surprise regarding the awkwardness in this film. That's part of the story and its charm.

There are basically three parts to "Paper Heart." The story between Yi and Cera, the interviews with everyday people and their experiences with love, and Yi's simplistic yet charming artistic interpretation (sort of a variation of stop-action, but different). All three parts are good. However, I do have to agree with others that the least interesting is probably the "relationship" between Yi and Cera. But that's okay, it's still a good film.

Watch "Paper Heart" when you're in the mood for something light, quirky and a little thought provoking. Ignore the critics and their excessive demands that this be something that it was never intended to be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mk TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2009
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Oh man, I don't want to bash this movie, but it's getting on my nerves thinking about it.

Charlene Yi, who co-wrote the screenplay, plays a young woman who absolutely doesn't believe in love; therefore, she travels the country interviewing, for a 'documentary', people about love. Will she find love amidst all the somewhat funny at times, annoying at others, mostly boring quirkiness of a flick?

Michael Cera, who recently broke up with Yi after 3 years, performs his usual nice guy, passive shtick, think 'Juno' or 'Year One'- actually, he can work pretty good off a Jack Black type hyper-personality. In this movie, Yi ain't it. She observes life and makes comments in almost a bland, nihilist fashion. I can't figure if the actors are trying to portray depressed, dorky nerds, or they're just slow and dopey.

Maybe it's just me. It's promoted as an art house type movie not a mainstreamer, Hollywood block buster. And some of the interviews of people's relationships were interesting, but a lot seemed forced, dull or contrived. I just didn't care about the characters; their cutesy interactions weren't, in general, amusing, and if I had to spend time with them or similar in real life, I'd be jumping off something.

My overall opinion: a weak, romantic comedy that wants to be unusally funny and creative, but isn't. Sorry for the bashing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Swanson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
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"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 together ten years, a straight couple who has been together for seventy and a divorce court judge who is married to a divorce lawyer. I bet their pillow talk is interesting!

As she travels around she talks about how she's never been in love, she don't know what it is, and doesn't expect that she'll ever fall in love. Then at a party she meets Michael Cera (playing, as he does in every movie, himself), and the two begin a relationship. This is the fictional part of the movie and it's much less interesting.

The documentary is pretty fun. Yi has a good personality, and she does a good job of talking with people and getting them to talk about their lives and their loves. Some of these stories even get set to marionettes, and that's quite adorable and entertaining.

But the story part of the movie, with her relationship to Cera, is just not that good. These are two very passive people and while there is chemistry between them, it's not enough to hold the movie together, and serves as a distraction to the actual documentary part of the film.

It's a pity. Had this been a straight documentary it would've been much better. As it is, three stars; two for the story, four for the doc.
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