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Charlyne yi does not believe in love. Or so she says. Well, at the very least, she doesnt believe in fairy-tale love or the hollywood mythology of love, and her own experiences have turned her into yet another modern-day skeptic.

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Studio Starz/sphe
SKU 212446750
UPC 013138009791
UPC 14 00013138009791
Format DVD
Release Date 7/1/2011
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
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ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review To describe Charlyne Yi as a whimsical comedian doesn't quite capture the full flavor. She may be the first female in the history of MySpace to claim she is 10 years older than she really is. She appears naive, clueless, a little simple, but she's playing us. She embodies that persona in Paper Heart, a quasi-documentary about love that is sweet, true and perhaps a little deceptive...The movie takes the form of a documentary about her partnership with director Nicholas Jasenovec to travel America seeking insights into romance from all sorts of possible authorities, all of them obviously real, many of them touching, and one of them an inspired choice. That would be the Elvis impersonator who runs a Las Vegas wedding chapel. These people share their own stories, drawn out by Yi's disarming persona...But wait. Although Nicholas Jasenovec appears in the film, that's not the real Nicholas Jasenovec. It's an actor, Jake M. Johnson, who is taller and darker, and in my opinion, more handsome than the real Jasenovec. Photographs reveal the real Jasenovec is shorter, cute, likes sweat clothes, wears horn-rimmed glasses...Then you have his good friend, the actor Michael Cera (Juno's boyfriend in Juno), who looks much more like Jasenovec than Johnson. When Yi goes to a party with Jasenovec, she meets Cera and it's love at first sight...We see them meeting, and it feels absolutely real: You wonder which of these two diffident and soft-spoken people summoned the energy to speak first. But wait. In real life, before shooting on this film began, Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera were already girlfriend and boyfriend, and were celebrated by such gossip sites as Gawker as "America's Twee-hearts." Therefore their courtship in the film is scripted, although it feels uncannily real, perhaps because Cera and Yi have such enveloping personas that little they do is quite acting...These matters give Paper Heart an intriguing quality on top of its intrinsic appeal. And the onscreen presence of "Nick," as the director, is uncannily well-acted by Johnson, embodying a hungry young L.A. filmmaker who thinks all human considerations are secondary to his film. There are moments when he insists on violating the privacy of Charlyne and Michael with his camera, and these scenes are so well-acted and handled that, in retrospect, you realize this is a very well-made film indeed. There's more than meets the eye.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor the scenes between Yi and Cera, whether or not they were scripted, have a babes-in-the-wood loveliness.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Enjoying this wondrous wisp of a something is easy, describing it is hard. Luckily, Charlyne Yi is an enchantress.

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