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Paper Heart [DVD]

Michael Cera , Charlyne Yi , Nicholas Jasenovec    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi, Jake Johnson
  • Directors: Nicholas Jasenovec
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002W87Q7I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,543 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Paper Heart follows Charlyne Yi as she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn t understand: Love. As she and her friend and director Nicholas Jasenovec, together search for answers and advice, you get the idea that this new generation s cynicism isn t the whole story. On their journey, Charlyne talks with an eclectic array of friends and acquaintances, including scientists, bikers, romance novelists, and children. They offer diverse views on modern romance, as well as various answers to the age-old question: does love really exist? Shortly after filming begins, Charlyne meets a man after own heart, Michael Cera. As their relationship develops on camera, the pursuit to discover the nature of love takes on a new urgency when she risks losing the person closest to her heart. Combining elements of storytelling, reality and fantasy, Paper Heart brings a fresh perspective to the modern romance and redefines the classic love story.

Review

How cute is this movie? Totally! Adorable stand-up and musician Charlyne Yi doesn t believe in love. So she embarks on a whimsical road trip across America to find out what love is. Bikers, gay couples, scientists, elderly couples, starry-eyed teens, romance novelists, her pal Seth Rogen, and a Vegas Elvis impersonator offer musings on that happy state that leave her more bewildered. But when Michael Cera starts wooing her, her scepticism wavers in this captivating mix of documentary and mockumentary that plays with what s real and what s fantasy. You really want them to be a couple, they are that darling, in a heart-warmer to make a cynic grin. --Angie Errigo, Empire

Sweet, warm, playful and slyly truthful, Charlyne Li's love quest is mapped with equal parts cheek and charm --Kevin Harley, TOTAL FILM

"A comedy gem that'll melt your heart ****" --David Edwards, THE MIRROR

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The epitome of quirk 19 Feb 2010
By B Keeler VINE VOICE
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Nowadays it's a given for Michael Cera to feature in a quirky, off-beat comedy/lighthearted drama, but I can't help feeling his performance here was a little...forced. That's not to say the setup was interesting - shot in a mockumentary style not unlike Borat, Paper Heart explores one cute (albeit strange) girl (Charlyne Yi) as she is pushed by an aspiring director/friend to search for the meaning of love.

It has a very lovely aesthetic too it that is all too familiar on the indiewood circuit, but nevertheless hits the right notes most of the time. The animation sequences I expect were designed by Yi, and fit the whole indie appearance of the film. I can imagine this film would be most enjoyed by a teenage audience, although adults/families may also enjoy it for it's tender moments, and naturalistic performances. I must say, the funniest parts of the DVD were the deleted extras, namely from Rob Huebel (of Human Giant), but I won't go into that too much.

Overall an enjoyable film, I'd recommend it for those looking for an overview of what (mostly American) people believe love to be :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit boring really 28 Jun 2010
By Syd TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Am not particularly keen on the documentary style genre of films. thought the characters were difficult to relate to. the subject matter was a little boring. a couple of funny moments, but this is the first film in ages i've struggled to finish.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A joke that just doesn't work... 3 Feb 2010
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I think the main reason this spoof "hybrid" documentary doesn't work is Charlyne Yi - she just isn't engaging enough to hold the centre of the film. I liked both Michael Cera and Jake Johnson (who plays director Nicholas Jasenovich) but Yi appears to have had a personality bypass. I can't believe her job description of "comedienne, musician, writer, painter and actress" - she certainly isn't funny, she didn't seem very musical (although I liked her Danelectro guitar) and she seemed completely incapable of improvising any meaningful dialogue. And yet the film apparently won an award for screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival!?!

I quite enjoyed the sequences featuring 'members of the public' talking about 'love' and their experiences and also the crudely animated (but a bit too self-aware) dramas but otherwise this was a joke that didn't quite work (or I just didn't get).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky faux docu 15 Mar 2012
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We really liked this movie. It's a fresh and original take on a timeless subject. Filmed as a proper documentary of a search for love, it reminded me a bit of the spoof (or is it?) documentary Catfish - though much less dark!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brain jangling 20 Oct 2010
By Stuart Burns VINE VOICE
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Despite the impression from the cover that this will be Juno 2.0, in actuality it's closer to a Charlie Kauffman film, albeit without quite as much psychological self immolation. The plot summary on this page is better in describing the tone, a documentary with fictionalised elements where the gap between polemic and fiction is blurred in a way which is also redolent of the French New Wave or some of Michael Winterbottom. Which is also its weakness. Because we're constantly mentally trying to decipher whether the section we're seeing is part of the fiction or a documentary element we can never quite sympathise with Charlyne Yi's character's plight. It's brave, often touching, often exciting, but never entirely loveable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt 17 Sep 2010
By Donald Thompson VINE VOICE
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A small independent production which will draw comparisons to Casey Afflecks biography on Jaoquin Pheonix. Why? Because you never feel sure if you are watching a documentary or a romantic comedy. Covering aspects of both the film attempts to portray the idea of "love" for a modern american girl, Charlene Yi, and a geeky nerd, Michael Cera. Initially getting to grips with the random nature of the filming, not to mention Ms Yi's voice, can be difficult. But persistence pays off. Ar heart this is a love story, but set against the idea of the more pressing concerns of modern life. With interviews ranging from Vegas wedding chapels to hells angels, and couples who have been together for years, it succeeds in showing that love is never where you expect it, and that happily ever after needs work to be achieved.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I kept cringing while watching this 9 Mar 2010
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Paper Heart is certainly not your usual film. It's a faux-documentary (Spinal Tap comparisons etc. etc.) following comedienne cynical Charylne Yi on a quest to discover if true love exists and what it is.
Her interviews with assorted people, mostly couples, are the most genuine and interesting part of the movie. The parts following Charylne and Michael Cera are not. Both of them come across not only as embarrassed, but also embarrassing to watch (I really did cringe), and the whole thing played out oh ... so ... slowly. The ending was too much of an anti-climax.
Having watched it, I honestly can't decide if it was worth it or not... so perhaps it's best to make up your own mind. On rental.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor and uninteresting 9 Feb 2010
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Half documentary - half rom-com, this film follows comedian Charlyne Yi and her crew as she tries to look deeper into whether true love exists and what love is (not being a believer in love herself). Whilst filming she meets fellow comedian Michael Cera who (unsurprisingly) she falls in love with.

I'm not against rom-coms, in fact I quite enjoy them, and I also love documentaries, but this was so predictable and unexciting I was getting bored within the first 20 minutes or so. I did stick with it to the end though but to be honest, this was a real waste of 90 minutes. The only bit I did like was the parts with the paper love stories (which I think is the reason for the films title) but other than that this film is awful. These actors are all terrible, even Cera who is usually pretty funny in other films I've seen him in but I really wouldn't even recommend this film for a rent. Avoid!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Awkward and boring
Michael Cera is awkward enough on his own, but add Charlyne Yi and it was just embarrassing to watch. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by Findlay
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever endings.
This made me laugh quite a bit. Fans of Indie films will enjoy this. Often tongue in cheek but also heartfelt. Caught it by chance on Sky Movies Indie and couldn't stop watching. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by Boddicker
3.0 out of 5 stars A slightly staged docu-soap movie - gentle, fun and interesting rather...
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... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2010 by Keith_Joseph
2.0 out of 5 stars Paper-thin Heart
Geek chic has a lot to answer for. This feeble attempt at a quasi-documentary romance is marred by a number of factors, not the least of which is the utter lack of chemistry... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2010 by Robert Frampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper heart
Indie Magic. Absolute must see for Indie and Michael Cera fans. I thought this was cute and uplifting, a really enjoyable watch.
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by Ms. J. K. Lee
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,... Read more
Published on 3 July 2010 by Ernie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth two hours of your time unless your a Yi fan.
Quirky Charlyne Yi, the stoner chick with the odd voice in Knocked Up gets her own vehicle...and honestly, I didn't make it through the whole film. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2010 by Cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Blair LOVE project
Paper hearts is most closely related to "The Blair Witch Project" in that it's a conventional film dressed up as a documentary. Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by Johnentwistlespout
4.0 out of 5 stars Very original and entertaining.
I started to watch this film without any knowledge about it, and what I liked the most is not knowing whether it is real or not. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2010 by David Calcano
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