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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quirky movie about finding "the one". Charlyne Yi is great in everything she does. Check her stuff out!Published 6 days ago by William K
Cute movie, it is more of a documentary type but enjoyed it very much. Charlene Yi is a sweetheart and its very touching, following this journey with her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hijustme
Adorable. Charlyne is understated yet articulate. Younger Jake Johnson is cute and funny as her sidekick. Michael Cera also can do no wrong.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie. Sarcastic at times and fun the whole way! Also, props to the Charlie Day cameo.Published 11 months ago by L. Barker
boring - this movie is dull and slow and uninteresting sorry !Published 13 months ago by Reza Ganjavi