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Paper Heart
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Dec 8, 2009 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Nicholas Jasenovic

Actors:
Charlyne Yi
Michael Cera

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Comedienne Charlyne Yi, and her filmmaker pal, Nicholas Jasenovic (Jake Johnson), set off on a cross country trip to determine whether or not true love actually exists. Along the way, she falls in love with actor Michael Cera (playing himself).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
PAPER HEART was a film I avoided like the plague when it opened in theaters this summer. I have nothing against Charlyne Yi, or Michael Cera, but the trailers really turned me off. It looked like it was trying way too hard to be quirky in that lovable, JUNO-esque way, and sure enough, that's exactly what this film is: quirky to a fault.

On the surface, it appears that PAPER HEART is a documentary about Yi's cross-country search for love, but it's nothing of the kind. It's a documentary-fiction hybrid. While I'm sure the people she interviews may in fact be the real deal, the relationship between Yi, and Cera is obviously at least semi-fictional. They meet cute at a Hollywood party, have an awkward first date, a first kiss, a fight, a reconciliation, etc. Also, the director of the film, while indeed named Nicholas Jasenovic, is actually played by an actor (Jake M. Johnson), which I'm sure is supposed to give the film a whole 'meta' feel- but it didn't really work for me. At a mere ninety minutes, the film felt long, and at times, almost seemed like a jokey special feature off a Cera movie stretched to feature length.

THE EXTRAS
Overall, a pretty impressive array of extras. First up, we get The Making of Paper Heart in HD, which fully acknowledges the semi-fictional nature of the film, and features an interview with the real Jasenovic.

Next Up is Paper Heart Uncut , which is basically seven minutes of Yi clowning around, and is about six minutes too long. We also get a half hour worth of Deleted Scenes and Live Musical Performances by Charlyne Yi , as well as a Music Video , Trailer .

Finally, we get about thirty minutes worth of Love Interviews with the Comedians , which range for hysterical (Bill Hader and Bobcat Goldthwait), to lame (Paul Rust Demetri Martin).

There's also a separate disc containing a Digital copy so you can load this up to your iPhone or PSP, if you should be so inclined.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
PAPER HEART just wasn't really my cup of tea. I think, in the wake of JUNO, I've just gotten sick of the whole quirky, "look how ironic we are" vibe that's taken over the indie world lately. While it's certainly not a bad film, it's not one I had too much of a good time with, and certainly not something I'll be revisiting any time soon.
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