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Paper Heart

6.01 h 28 min2009PG
Charlyne embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love.
Nicholas Jasenovec
Charlyne YiMichael CeraSeth Rogen
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3.8 out of 5 stars

126 global ratings

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David DupreeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing light hearted movie
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I first saw this film on Amazon prime, then was so impressed by it that I bought the dvd.
It's a really great comedy romance movie that keeps you entertained the whole way through.
I thourghly recommend this film.
Gemma MauleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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excellent movie!
Hackney ReviewerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfectly cast
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This is nearly the most perfect film / documentary. Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera are perfect together.
SandyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Good movie
Dvd in perfect condition.
Thank you
FindlayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 September 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
Awkward and boring
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Michael Cera is awkward enough on his own, but add Charlyne Yi and it was just embarrassing to watch.
Documentary styles can be good, but when it involved two awkward/geeky actors and the topic of love...-shudder-

one movie that will be watched once, and never again.
Charlie-CJReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 August 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
A slightly staged docu-soap movie - gentle, fun and interesting rather than gripping
This movie is filmed as if it is a proper documentary of stand-up comic Charlyne Li's search for love, both as to the meaning of human love and whether Charlyne herself to will ever find 'true love'. All the interviews with her friends and people she meets while filming seem quite genuine and I'm sure it's her real parents who we meet at the beginning [if it's not, at least they are very convincing]. Apparently Charlyne doesn't believe in 'love' or at least the Hollywood mythology of love. It seems she 'loves' her parents, so we have to assume her quest is more about love and marriage, i.e. finding a man, falling in love, and forming a life-long partnership. Most of the males Charlyne meets seem a bit ordinary and not especially good looking [as they mostly have beards or are older than her]. Then enter the young and rather dishy Michael Cera [aged 21] - reprising his subdued 'Juno' role rather than the ultra-cool 'Scott Pilgrim [VS the world]'. Giving the alternatives it's perhaps not surprising that Charlyne takes to shine to Michael and a slightly contrived romance develops under the eye of the 'documentary' camera team. Michael and Charlyne meet up and chat between scenes of interviews relating to the search for love. Michael and Charlynes developing relationship appears a bit, well junevile really as the premise of the film is 'first love' and it's associated angst, which is more associated with younger teenagers. Fortunately you could imagine Charlyne and Michael are 16 year old star-crossed lovers if you squint a bit.

The rather separate interviews discussing the nature of love and relationships are with various individuals Charlyne meets when wandering about America. Many are 'friends', while others are guys or even kids she seems to meet when filming. These interspersed interview scenes are quite good [a bit 'Louis Theroux'esque even] and are the best part of the movie. That's not because Michael and Charlyne give poor performances in their romantic interludes, it's just that their 'falling in love' scenes seem a bit contrived and false. Worse still, their scenes are a quite intense and relatively devoid of the humour that often lights up the interview scenes. Fortunately Michael and Charlyne come across as quite well [you kinda have to like them] and some of the cut-out puppet scenes used instead of live performances are fairly interesting in a Sound of Music 'Lonely goat-herd' sort of way. The final scenes have a bit of a philosophical slant, although if you want anything more profound you'd be better off watching the recent kid's cartoon series: 'The legend of Aang: The Last Air-Bender', which incidentally my teenage kids and I rate 6*.

After 45 minutes or so into the film, I did actually get a little bored and skipped through to the end to see what happened. I then skipped backwards through the movie to watch the bits I had missed - to be honest it really doesn't matter if you do that as much of the movie is made up of a sequence of stand-alone interview scenes and it's not a melodrama, just a gentle tale of two nice young people falling in love. Not quite sure why the movies rated 15, there's no unpleasantness at all, although I suppose it's unlikely any 10 year old lad would last 5 minutes watching it. The movie comes across as though it was made by a couple of gifted undergraduates. I'm afraid I rate it just 3* [i.e. C+ for effort] - it's certainly not rubbish though. And it could be said that at the heart of this film [and 'Juno'] is the idea that sparked off Michael Cera's startlingly good new movie 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World' - and if that is the case, we should be grateful to Charlyne Li for taking the time to make 'Paper Heart'. Also check out Michael Cera in the superb & similarly themed movies '[[ASIN:B0015VI334 Juno [DVD] [2007]]]' and '[[ASIN:B003D7JW24 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World [DVD]]]', movies that my teenage kids and I enjoyed far more than Paper Heart.
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lineaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2010
2.0 out of 5 stars
Uninspiring, artificial, clichéd and ultimately pointless.
Paper Heart is a fake documentary in which Charlyne Yi, (playing herself), is making a film with Nicholas Jasenovec, (played by an actor), asking others about the meaning of love, while she admits herself to never being in love.
While on her fake journey across America interviewing minor celebrities and members of the public, (most of which are actors), about their stories and views on love she meets the actor Michael Cera. The pair embark on a series of dates which are filmed as part of Charlyne's documentary, though as their relationship develops the pair become tired of their time together being constantly filmed by director Nicholas.
Despite the fact the idea behind the story is a complete rip off of the low budget indie 'Four Eyed Monsters', 'Paper Heart' as a film just doesn't work. While mockumentaries can often be quite good it helps if they actually have the feel of a real documentary, 'Paper Heart' just looks like a regular film, in which the cast are playing versions of themselves in a documentary. There is no shakey camera work, no unintentional glances at the camera and no awkward dialogue and the whole film is far too polished to pass itself off as being a low budget documentary made by three people.
The relationship between Charlyne and Michael is completely unbelievable, despite the pair both being in their twenties and Cera, (who remember is supposed to be playing himself), being an accomplished Hollywood actor the pair act like a two 14 year olds in their first relationship.
Overall, the whole film feels artificial, staged and hollow and even the most die hard Michael Cera fans will struggle to find any enjoyment from this. The only reason this gets more than one star is that the 'Modly Peaches' style song sung by Charlyne during the film was quite good and the scene where you pretty much see Michael Cera's heart breaking on camera was nicely done, apart from that it's one to miss.
GiveMeMangoesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 February 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
Okay, although it seems real, this film is actually fictional. Yi and Cera ARE actually a couple in real life, and the interviews with couples in the film are real, but other than that, everyone is acting from a script(written by Yi and the director). Although Im still not sure if the 'friends' in the film are actually real friends of Yi and Cera, or actors.

I guess it's a romantic comedy, but it's a little light on the romance, and also on the comedy to be honest. It's diverting enough, and I liked how different it was - from the endearing ineptitude of Yi, to the childlike puppet-show interludes. There's a lot of creativity here, and alot of optimism, which is infectious. However, it's also disjointed, and not exactly 'crafted' filmmaking - it doesn't really have an ending, so there is another puppet-show scene.

I also still can't decide if I liked the whole pretence of it. Yi plays herself, but her 'friend/director' is played by an actor. They are very convincing as friends, but I don't really see the point - it's as little confusing for the viewer, as you cant really trust the documentary parts, or the story parts.

I think this is worth watching, as it does keep you fairly entertained by it's sheer quirkiness, but I think it could've better. I'm sure their future projects will be.
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