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Paper Heart [Blu-ray] (2009)

Charlyne Yi , Michael Cera , Nicholas Jasenovec  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QW7AKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,490 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.

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.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, light, unique, thought provoking 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Entertaining March 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dopey, Dorky, Dumb? Boring. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlyne Yi shows once again she has it all
This is just another medium in which Charlyne Yi has conquered. Her talents make this "documentary" a wonderful watch, and the extras give you even more of the talents of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Oscar H
2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully is shy is painful to watch
We're big fans of her work in This is 40 and Knocked Up. Her offbeat character "Jody" in those movies steals scenes. In this movie, Charlyne is nothing like that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jim Van Cise
4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it
a small independent kinda film. but cute overall and ending was super hilarious!! recommended it to friends. watchers wait till the end!!
Published 14 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one
This was a good movie and I liked it. The characters were well developed and there was just the right amount of comedy.
Published 17 months ago by GrgGregberg
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cute Movie Where Charlyne is the Reason You Keep Watching
I'm not a fan of movies that come off as a reality-type production. I can't stand reality television so I avoid anything close to it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
Paper Heart was a clever romantic comedy. It had moments that were poignant and genuine but over all I was not grabbed by it to the point that the film should be owned or watched... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andalusian Dog
2.0 out of 5 stars One good scene
Here we have two markedly lackluster people whose mannerisms get old REALLY fast. There's one good scene: the playground in Atlanta.
Published 19 months ago by small and growly bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
I have been eying this film at the video store for quit sometime. However, I never picked it up. After finally viewing it on Amazon I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed.
Published 20 months ago by Stephanie M
3.0 out of 5 stars A charming and inventive faux documentary about geeky artists in love
Charlyne Yi (Chuck), the minor character with the awkward laugh and big glasses who played somebody's girlfriend in Knocked Up, is an LA-based artist and comedian who plays herself... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nathan Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Heart. I do love this movie.
I can't believe that there are people out there that don't appreciate the creative genius of this movie. The paper drama's depicted are what makes this movie so wonderful !
Published 21 months ago by J. Szwed
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