Paper Heart [Blu-ray]
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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.
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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.
This movie really blows, it doesn't really have a plot, it just follows around this annoying 'robotic' Asian girl that is supposedly a comedian or something (not funny or interesting at all), she blabbers on about how she doesn't believe in love, which is obvious as she acts like a robot and can't see past herself. She wanders around asking other people about love, they share their stories and she tells them how she has never experienced anything like that. I really like Michael Cera movies but in this movie he is just 'himself' so he is not funny and actually comes off like an ass. Anyways, she ends up falling for Michael Cera, which is unbelievable because of how robotic, awkward, and full of herself she is. Then she gets all obsessive and annoying and cries all the time. Anyways, I didn't like the movie at all, the actors in it were just annoying. Its not worth anything so I just threw it away after I watched it.
Go get Scott Pilgrim vs the World instead, that movie is great, and Michael Cera is awesome in it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quirky movie about finding "the one". Charlyne Yi is great in everything she does. Check her stuff out!Published 5 months 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 6 months 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 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie. Sarcastic at times and fun the whole way! Also, props to the Charlie Day cameo.Published 16 months ago by L. Barker
boring - this movie is dull and slow and uninteresting sorry !Published 19 months ago by Reza Ganjavi