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Paper Heart


"Charlyne Yi, a modern-day skeptic, embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't understand: Love.Soon after filming, Charlyne's quest takes on a fresh new urgency when she meets a boy."

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5

Quirky semi-documentary about love is cute for teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this semi-scripted, semi-documentary-style movie co-starring Juno's Michael Cera focuses on a young actress' search for the meaning of love. There's not much sexuality, since the focus is on romantic love, but there are a couple of scenes in which couples hold hands and kiss (sweetly, not passionately). For a PG-13 movie, there's not much language other than the occasional "s--t" and "bastard." The movie's message is ultimately positive: Love is out there, but it takes personal and emotional risk/commitment to find and feel it.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about adolescent and adult relationships, especially in light of the one couple who got married at 17. Do you think there are any rules about what makes a successful relationship?
  • Do you think this movie fits into the documentary genre, or should it be considered a comedy? Is it disappointing to know that the "director" in the movie was played by an actor?
  • What did you think of the puppet segments? How did they work (or not) with the rest of the movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Its not the worst cutesy, lo-fi love story youll ever see, but its shown up by all those genuine true-life tales. Alongside them, its falseness is too glaring.

- Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK), Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review, Tuesday, July 6, 2010


- Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Overly affected romantic comedy chronicles comedienne Charlyne Yi's trip across America as she makes a documentary on the subject of love. Along the way she meets actor Michael Cera playing himself. These supposedly improvised scenes are so carefully prepared that the only joke is on the actors who think they're fooling anyone into thinking this is unrehearsed. The two stars do have some chemistry, but it's buried beneath such artifice that it renders any real emotion void. As a romantic lead, Charlene is puzzlingly childlike, nervously gigging throughout the film at everything and anything. One of those quirky comedies that thinks it's cute to ask a ridiculous question and then cut away to a different scene before the audience can even hear the answer. Self-conscious and precious.

- hobster1, Tuesday, April 13, 2010

3 stars

Cute and all, but a little sad.

- dreamfaeries, Friday, July 9, 2010

3 stars

Cast: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake M. Johnson, Demetri Martin, Seth Rogen, Paul Rust, Derek Waters, Martin Starr, Sarah Baker Director: Nicholas Jasenovec Summary: Eccentric performer and romantic skeptic Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest to learn the true nature of love -- and gathers some surprising findings when she begins a relationship with actor Michael Cera. Real-life sweethearts Yi and Cera star as themselves in this quirky hybrid of documentary and scripted comedy. My Thoughts: "Cute little quirky film about finding love and the meaning of it I thought the relationship between Charlyne and Michael was cute. I could see his frustraion easily by being filmed the entire relationship. I enjoyed all of the stories told by all the various people, and how different they each perceived it. My heart broke a little for Charlyne in the Paris scene when she expresses why she is sad. Felt bad for the gal. It's a cute, charming, quirky love story."

- LWOODS04, Monday, May 9, 2011