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Paper Heart (2009)



Critic Consensus: Equal parts charming and refreshing, Paper Heart is a quirky mockumentary led by the endearing Charlyne Yi.

Movie Info

Real-life sweethearts Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi head up this indie semi-documentary comedy, scripted by Yi, concerning the meaning of love. Fellow Judd Apatow veteran Nicholas Jasenovec makes his directorial debut with the production.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas Jasenovec, Charlyne Yi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 1, 2009
Box Office: $1.1M
Overture Films - Official Site


Charlyne Yi
as Charlene
Michael Cera
as Michael
Jake M. Johnson
as Nick Jasenovec
Jason Ritter
as Himself
Seth Rogen
as Himself
Derek Waters
as Himself
Matthew Bass
as Himself
Martin Starr
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Paper Heart

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (32)

The segments featuring real people are genuinely affecting, but the realisation that everything else is probably being acted - that truth may be polluted by hoax - gives this otherwise lightweight film a sly, subversive edge.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Twee mockumentary bestills love-seeking hipster hearts.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

Paper Heart doesn't unearth the meaning of 'love' (spoiler alert?) but it at least shows us how real human beings deal with all those confusing emotions that might equal something close to it.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

Ultimately, one doubts that even the parts that seemed real are real, and the entire house-of-cards comes tumbling down.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

Determining the exact level of artifice never stops being distracting, and the emotional climax is far from earned.

Full Review… | June 9, 2010

There are so many things about the film that could have been annoying (...) but the story is so refreshing and honest that it would be almost impossible to find anything annoying here.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Paper Heart


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.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

"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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Oh my god, I'm usually not that shallow, but Charlyne Yi is so unattractive and awkward I literally could not watch for any longer. Girlfriend best not act ever again. Also this movie: way way too annoying and self-aware, even for hipsters.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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