Paper Heart

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Overview

Real-life sweethearts Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi star in a fictionalized version of their romance in this indie semi-documentary comedy, written by Yi. Playing themselves, Yi and Cera embark on a scripted version of their own story. In the movie, Yi has agreed to be the subject of a documentary about her quest to discover if love really exists, since she's never experienced it. As part of her participation in the project, she has a film crew follow her around throughout every new development in her love life --...
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Overview

Real-life sweethearts Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi star in a fictionalized version of their romance in this indie semi-documentary comedy, written by Yi. Playing themselves, Yi and Cera embark on a scripted version of their own story. In the movie, Yi has agreed to be the subject of a documentary about her quest to discover if love really exists, since she's never experienced it. As part of her participation in the project, she has a film crew follow her around throughout every new development in her love life -- which gets complicated when she starts dating fellow comedian Cera. This portion of the film is all narrative, and was written into the script, but also as part of the documentary, Yi travels the country interviewing various people about their opinions and experiences with love, and these portions of the film are real -- the interviewees are not actors. Melding truth and fantasy, Paper Heart uses equal parts comedy and realism to resolve the ultimate question of whether love is fact or fiction. ~ Cammila Collar
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Special Features

Paper Heart Uncut; The Making of Paper Heart; Live Musical Performances by Charlyne Yi; "Heaven" Music Video by Charlyne Yi & Michael Cera; Love Interviews with The Comedians; Deleted Scenes
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Editorial Reviews

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For general audiences, the most pertinent question to ask about Paper Heart is this: can a super-modest, extremely indie romantic comedy starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera possibly be too precious? The answer is that for some, it certainly could be -- but objectively speaking, preciousness is the name of the game here. Cera's brand of stammering, you-can-borrow-my-hoodie sweetness is longstanding, and Yi's take on the schtick is like a vintage Casiotone turned up to 11. So as long as you know what you're getting into, you can expect to be delighted -- because if Paper Heart is anything, it's buoyantly delightful. Despite its exceedingly unassuming tone, the film is actually a pretty interesting creative exercise. It's a scripted story in which Yi plays herself, teaming up with a filmmaker and crew to travel the country making a documentary about the meaning of love which Yi's never experienced. But the documentary portions, and the odd mix of people she interviews on the topic, are real. She talks to elderly couples and Elvis impersonators, to members of a biker gang and proprietors of a Vegas wedding chapel, each, of course, offering a mix of touching and humorous insights. In between the real documentary segments from the pretend movie within the movie and the intermittent use of hand-drawn stick puppets, there's a narrative storyline about Yi meeting Cera also playing himself at a party, and beginning a relationship that soon becomes the focus of the movie-within-the-movie. This complicates things for the couple, who are already treading lightly because of Yi's inexperience, and their pre-existing adorably awkward natures. No doubt, this movie is twee within an inch of its life, but it's also very charming, and very funny. The cutesiness is pretty severe, but it appears to be totally genuine. Even though Yi's story is fiction or at least fictionalized -- she and Cera did actually date, she's still either playing herself or playing a caricature of herself ridiculously well, because every childish grin and earnestly composed love song feels 100-percent real. You have to love the girl, with her messy ponytail, big glasses, and oversized sweaters. And there's no end to the novelty of a human so endearingly gawky that she makes Michael Cera look like a swaggering badass.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/1/2009
  • UPC: 013138009791
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,374

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlyne Yi Charlyne
Michael Cera Michael
Jake Johnson , Nick Jasenovec
Matthew Bass Himself
Demetri Martin , Himself
Jason Ritter , Himself
Seth Rogen Himself
Martin Starr Himself
Derek Waters Himself
Technical Credits
Nicholas Jasenovec Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Ryan Brown Editor
Jay Hunter Cinematographer
Eileen Kennedy Casting
Michael Cera Score Composer
Sandra Murillo Producer
Elise Salomon Producer
Charlyne Yi Score Composer, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paper Heart
1. Main Titles [5:25]
2. Mike Modrak [4:39]
3. Science [2:28]
4. Party [3:46]
5. Las Vegas [3:29]
6. Biker Bar [3:31]
7. Zoo [3:19]
8. First Date [2:32]
9. Mary Beth and Sid [4:42]
10. Confession [5:02]
11. John and Dave [2:49]
12. Dream [7:52]
13. Target Practice [4:36]
14. Fireworks [8:08]
15. Playground [2:44]
16. Drive In [5:50]
17. Paris [5:55]
18. Toronto [3:53]
19. On the Road Again [3:35]
20. End Credits [3:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Paper Heart
   Play
   Set Up
      Subtitles
         English for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Featurettes
         Paper Heart Uncut
         The Making Of Paper Heart
      Live Musical Performances by Charlyne Yi
      "Heaven" Music Video by Charlyne Yi & Michael Cera
      Love Interviews with The Comedians
         Play All
         Paul Rust
         Jason Ritter
         Bill Hader
         Bobcat Goldthwait
         David Krumholtz
         Demetri Martin
         Paul Scheer
         Rob Hueberl
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Martin & Judy
         Editing Room
         Paper Heart Re-Creation
         Gerry Counts Interview
         David Harber Interview
         El Cid
         Fireworks
         Frisbee Dinosaurs
         Love Wall
         Marina Music
         Maze
         Porch
         Shirt For Mike
         Texas Town
         River Jump
         Sleeping
         Waste Dump
      Theatrical Trailer
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