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Paper Heart

comedy


"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."

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    57%
  • Audience Score
    45%

common sense

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

  • Tomatometer®

    57%
    reviews counted: 3
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  • Audience

    45%

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

Fresh:

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

Rotten:

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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

A story about love that's taking on a life of its own. Average movie that needed a better ending!"Paper Heart" doesn't have any real direction, but neither does life. Are Charlyne and Michael made for each other? What if their relationship doesn't last? It's something the filmmakers just have to work with. From what I got, there's no defining message about what love is, other than it's to each his own. 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. Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love. Michael Cera becomes the object of her affection. Weaving together reality and fantasy, Paper Heart combines elements of documentary and traditional storytelling to get at modern romance.

- MANUGINO, Monday, July 30, 2012

2 stars

A story about love that's taking on a life of its own. Average movie that needed a better ending!"Paper Heart" doesn't have any real direction, but neither does life. Are Charlyne and Michael made for each other? What if their relationship doesn't last? It's something the filmmakers just have to work with. From what I got, there's no defining message about what love is, other than it's to each his own. 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. Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love. Michael Cera becomes the object of her affection. Weaving together reality and fantasy, Paper Heart combines elements of documentary and traditional storytelling to get at modern romance.

- MANUGINO, Monday, July 30, 2012

3 stars

"A story about love that's taking on a life of it's own." Paper Heart is an odd and extremely off beat fake documentary. What's more odd then the film is the fact that I actually liked it. Not a lot, but I did enjoy it for the most part. On another note, I don't think I could come up with a couple that is more perfect for each other then Charleyne Yi and Michael Cera. Both of whom are the definition of awkward. The movie really relies on if you can take Yi's brand of humor or not. Most can't, I however, am a fan of the awkward, it's so not funny it's funny comedy style Yi employs. The movie centers around Yi not believing in love. She meets Michael Cera and likes him, but she still doesn't believe in love. Although I did like the movie, it does over stay it's welcome. But it is a short little movie; clocking in at about an hour twenty. We see familiar faces like Seth Rogen and Demetri Martin for little cameos. The only thing that really got old was all the old couples that have interview. I can understand a few, but it seems like overkill. They all say basically the same thing. If they would have cut one or two of them out, I would have liked Paper Heart a lot more. The runtime would have came in at like an hour and five to ten minutes, but that probably would have helped the movie a little too. As it is though, I still enjoyed it for it's awkwardness. I would never recommend it to anyone though because I do understand that the majority would not like this movie at all.

- blkbomb, Thursday, July 28, 2011