Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Paper Heart

Director: Nicholas Jasenovec
Writer: Nicholas Jasenovec and Charlyne Yi
Starring: Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera

This is a fake documentary about love. It sounds trite because it is. Parts of the documentary appear to be true--interviews with "real people" about love and their relationships. However, most of the film centers around a budding relationship between Yi and Cera, who play themselves.

It's hard to know what is staged and what is not (with the exception of very obviously scripted moments by the director, Jasenovec, who is an epic failure of an actor), but it doesn't really matter. The film is awkward, clunky, and dull. "I don't know if I can be in love" blah blah blah "How do you know when you're in love?" blah blah blah. Yi is so awkward it hurts. She is like an autistic ten-year-old boy, and even though Michael Cera is no Cary Grant, it's hard to believe he would be into HER. **Insert Arrested Development joke here**

I was so focused the whole time on, "Is this part staged?" "Are we supposed to believe this as non-fiction?" "Why can't Charlyne comb her effing hair?!" that I had trouble enjoying it. If you get past these obstacles, maybe you'll like it, but...yikes.


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