By Adam B. Vary
August 10, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Paper Heart

B+

Starring: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera
Directed By: Nicholas Jasenovec
Release Date: August 7

Not quite a documentary, not quite fiction, Paper Heart is a hybrid. Yi (Knocked Up) stars as herself, a comedian on a quest to shoot a documentary about whether true love exists. Yi initially wanted to make a doc, but as the project unfolded, it became clear that that approach wouldn’t really work. As first-time feature director Jasenovec explains, ”We decided to make her a main character, because the audience should go on the journey through her eyes. And there needed to be some sort of narrative arc, but we couldn’t guarantee that Charlyne was naturally going to change.” Enter Cera, Yi’s real-life boyfriend, who created some drama by playing himself — or a version of himself — meeting and falling for Yi. Jokes Cera, ”I came in and was like, ‘Guys, give me a shot here.”’

Paper Heart

type
  • Movie
Genre
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 89 minutes
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