For people living in this day and age I think the story that the documentary encompasses is a common one. As a truly geeky and artistic person, with a romantic side, this movie struck chords of intense sentimentality.I hope that Michael and Charline's story reaches a lot of people because I've seen so many Michaels and so many Charlines.The documentary was exceptionally well produced. Kudos to all parties involved and congratulations to Michael and Charline. To the producers... viva la art, it is working.Thank you.
Let your indie flag fly high (by fablesofthereconstru-1)
As jaded moviegoers obsess over the staginess of Charlyne Yi's encounters with Michael Cera- and no doubt about it, the scenes between the two twenty-something actors are probably closer to Mike Leigh territory read: Yi and Cera probably created their filmic selves in a workshop than it is to a proper documentary or even reality television - they'll overlook the fact that the budding lovers have chemistry, an elusive component missing from most contemporary romantic comedies. Yi's moonstruck dorkiness is a perfect match for Cera's suave dorkiness. On their first date, <more>
Yi's modifications to her BLT she holds the B offhandedly recalls Sally Albright's own culinary idiosyncrasies in Nora Ephron's "When Harry Met Sally" where the high maintenance woman played by Meg Ryan customizes all her means with something "on the side" . Like the 1989 film, we see old couples telling the story of how they met. Donning anti-Lisa Loeb glasses and some downright frumpy outfits, Yi is anything but high maintenance, aggressively so when the filmmaker can't sway his subject towards the hygienic advantages of a daily shower. Far from being a polished interviewer, Yi somehow manages to record some charming stories that proves love's existence. The conceit behind "Paper Heart" is if the performance artist can find some of her very own. Is Cera the one? The former star of the defunct NBC sitcom "Arrested Development" matches Yi's quirkiness his riff on Mexican Beach Salad gets laughs and raises it, with an action that renders the reality/fantasy binary moot. Yi, playing a naive version of herself, projects vulnerability effortlessly, and this naivety is put through the wringer, as Cera abruptly leaves the table and walks out of the eatery. The moviegoer feels what Yi feels; complete utter shock, and discomfort, because moviegoers think they know Cera, who transmits kindness and decency in all of his roles that stems from his self-deprecating charisma. The departure feels real; Michael Cera feels real, because he finally plays another note, a dissonant note that counters his stylized persona of serial affability. Maybe, just maybe, Cera had revealed something about himself that he never intended the public to see: he's a Hollywood phony just like all the rest. Meanwhile, back at the table, Yi, a girl who passes herself off as one of the guys, thinks she gets the joke, and waits for Cera to return; she waits for the punchline, and waits and waits and waits. The moviegoers hold his breath for her, even though he's quite certain that the whole premise was planned. Yi somehow cuts through the artifice of the mockumentary, and makes the scene work on the level of romantic comedy. Her naif and waif shtick is convincing. The moviegoer loves her. Time and time again, Yi's natural charm tests the compartmentalizing of the movie's fiction and non-fiction elements, because her sunny projection of arrested development is unwavering in both arenas. Yi doesn't have a journalistic voice, a serious voice that insinuates a formalism upon the interview format when she's probing Americans about love. She turns journalism into a naive craft. The same "character" who spontaneously we think accepts a ride from some reminsicing biker she interviews at a geezer hangout, looks and sounds identical to the young woman who waits with bated breath for her date to alleviate her from abandonment anxiety. Only Cera, perhaps, could get away with playing such a mean trick, as he effortlessly ingratiates himself into Yi's good graces and ours by explaining his extended disappearance without being the least bit facetious. He smiles, but it's a sheepish smile; his get out of jail free card.If Woody Allen wanted to remake "Annie Hall", these two actors would be perfect for the job. "Paper Heart" gets away with a lot. Homemade dioramas are pretty damn twee, but man, those low-rent creations sure are a welcome antidote to the industry's relentless use of CGI effects. Even the twee song works, because the person who sings "You Smell Like Christmas To Me" will capture your paper heart, if you let her.
If this was all made up and acted then it was brilliant, if it was 98% true with the prodding of a film crew, then it was still brilliant.On the face of it this is a documentary about Charlyne Yi and her friend Nick the filmmaker going on a road trip to learn about love.The only thing forced seemed to be the director who is acted by Jake M. Johnson. Everyone else "plays" themselves. What he does and says is consistent with the premise as presented. It is understandable that he would put his friends who happen to be more famous into this movie to get it noticed. Plus all those more <more>
famous people she runs into are also warm, funny and disarming guys. It makes sense that he as her friend would want her to meet these people since he obviously cares a great deal for her and he can feel that she is not cold, merely reserved and stubborn. Every moment between the people we see on screen seem to be genuine with Yi being a bit of an eccentric person but obviously warm and intelligent.I can understand the production company prodding the director and the director wanting to do things for his own vision which would explain some of the more forced moments with him on-screen. It can sometimes feel like him and Cera are friends who probably spoke to each other at some point in the days in-between the segments we see. I feel that there is an emotionally logical reason for all the moments in the film.Cera often plays awkward people but I have never seen him so actually nervous as he is in some moments with Yi when they are starting to get to know each other better. Likewise his goofy and relaxed moments come out when it makes sense in their growing friendship.Yi is similarly natural as someone who appears to be very reserved and who is revolting against the female stereotypes she saw growing up. She is visibly upset when she speaks of the romantic notion as being part of the female stereotype. Tellingly her family and friends all say she is loving but would never admit to knowing love. This is consistent with someone who is intelligent and sees how hard the female stereotype gets pushed at her and everyone else and has a strong reaction to that. She speaks to different people on a road trip documentary which has various effects on her which can be very telling and always natural to who she seems to be. She starts to be more open about her feelings as she gets to know Cera better. And what happens between them makes perfect sense as far as what we can glean.There are so many beautiful and poignant moments on screen amongst some nervous people in the somewhat forced situation a documentary entails.I am obviously leaning towards this being almost completely real and I find it very natural and consistent throughout. If it was made up, these people are all amazing. I really feel that there are emotionally logical reasons that could explain what we see in this film.-Karl
Paper Heart is a semi-fictional film that follows Charlyne Yi who doesn't believe in love, or so she thought. At the least, she does not believe in a Hollywood romance ending type of love or that of a fairy-tale. But it is clear that love is something she really wants but she remains a skeptic. This is until she meets Mike Michael Cera and falls in love with him whilst making a documentary about love with director Nicholas Jasenovec Jake Johnson They both search for answers to the question "Does true love really exist?" They ask, a romance novelist, children, judges, <more>
couples, strangers, scientists and bikers who share their true love stories.Charlyne is at first skeptical of her love for Michael, we see their relationship unfold on camera, her skepticism and search for the answer puts their relationship at jeopardy, however she soon realizes the answer lies within her own heart.It's a very cute, humorous and sweet documentary-style film that supports the notion of true love, although presents love and relationships as being tricky and that they require a lot of work. The message is that love is sometimes simple but relationships need work and to be built upon for that love to truly blossom. The ending concludes nicely with Charlyene concluding on love; she says that love is about risk taking, if you don't take the risks, you can miss out on it. It is clear all throughout the film she took risks, by going out with Michael although she believed he did not have interest in her and more importantly by Going to Michael's house in Toronto and by doing so she rekindles their love.Scenes in the film are done with paper to show the stories of the couples who are in love,it ends with an exaggerated version of Michael and Charlyene's giving it the Hollywood romance ending she first rejected. This film shows the beauty of love and will truly melt your heart.
Does love exist? This charming film's goal is to find out. "Chuck" professes to not believe in love but after the first few minutes of the film, the viewer starts to get the idea that perhaps she just hasn't found the "right one". She sets out to film a documentary about love and interviews those who have found it, those who have lost it and those who haven't quite gotten there yet. And then, Michael Cera comes into the picture, and Chuck starts to drop the veil she's kept over her heart. At some points moving and other points laugh-out-loud funny, the <more>
viewer finds herself cheering these two on and hoping they find love.
As you may have noticed with all the comments, this movie might be mediocre, terrible, great, or some weird combo. I'm one of those who think this was a great movie, but I hope to explain the discrepancies.First, let's get my biases out of the way, so that you can judge my comment accordingly. I am a Michael Cera fan. I am an indie movie fan, but not an aficionado. I wanted to see this movie. I'm a young guy who likes some romantic movies, but they have to be rather good. I didn't know anything about this movie aside from what the trailer tells me. I think that does it.A lot <more>
of the comments on IMDb about this movie center around the format. I agree that the style is important to talk about, but not the only thing. The style is documentary, but with certain deviating aspects. It isn't Blair Witch Project; it has decent editing and lighting. The angle is natural, all from a guy or three carrying cameras. Certain scenes are done in paper cutouts in paper scenery and wires for movement. These are usually the scenes that they didn't catch on camera and are important to the plot. These scenes are really charming because of their scale and their construction.The "acting" is also good. The most controversial aspect of this movie is the content, or the plot. Some think that this movie is either simply an observation of life or a movie about an observation of life. Either real or reel, some might say. I tend towards some middle ground. I think that this movie is a documentary about real life including a documentary about real life. There are staged things and things that look really genuine, so I think that it's more of an embellished real story. The cynic in me thinks that a lot of it is fake, but they did a really convincing job so I hope its all real.If you are an optimist, this story will be really cute and lovable. If you believe it to be faked, it's a bad movie. That is why I think it is mostly genuine, if not completely. If this was produced in any really directed way, it would not have included some things in it that it did. But then again, they could have included it to make you think that. Whether you're paranoid about that sort of thing is beside the point. This movie feels very real. I know some of my dates were almost exactly like some in this movie. Charlyne is believable and so is Michael Cera.Michael Cera plays a really cool guy with a cute awkward disposition. If you're a fan of Michael Cera, you'll recognize his characteristic style, but now I believe that style to be more of just how he is instead of an acting style. Regardless, he's endearing. Charlyne is also really lovable because she's funny and easily embarrassed. The two are quite genuine and work really well together because of their similar personalities.Overall, a cute and lovable movie. The ending is unsatisfactory, but that's because there is no end that would fit the story and remain truthful to real life.
It was a delightful surprise, one of my favorite movies of all time! (by mdbeck)
I am a sci-fi, horror and fantasy fan. I did not want to see this movie. I am very happy I did. No spoilers here. Go see it. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is funny and and touching and very sincere.In a nutshell: This is a movie documentary about a young girl who does not think she is capable of love. She travels the country interviewing people to try and understand love. That is all you need to know. If you are groaning because of the "L" word, ease up. I am a woman and do not like the romantic, chick fliks, I like things to explode and people to get beat up, <more>
preferably with martial arts. And I love vampires, zombies and other horrible frightening creatures. And I loved Paper Heart.If you have prejudged it because of the actors, don't. That is why I did not want to see it. If you think it is simply another Judd Apatow type of film, it isn't.I think it will appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Check it out, I think you will come out with a smile.