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Paper Heart

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on September 19, 2009

Some friends and I went to see Paper Heart yesterday at the Carmike Wynnsong on Shawnee St. It is a quasi-documentary starring Charlene Yi as she tries to find out if love exists. She crosses the country interviewing friends, scientists, couples, workers of wedding chapels and divorce courts, and even kids on a playground. The film’s scenes are intercut with puppet shows reenacting important scenes from couples’ relationships.

I won’t say it was disappointing (I had pretty low expectations for the film after reading many a negative review), but, as a group, we did have a few complaints.

One, Michael Cera did not have enough screen time. If you were going to Paper Heart to see your favorite nerdy boy crush, you might be disappointed. Charlene Yi is the clear star of the piece.

Two, it felt really short. At 88 minutes, the film was pretty average in length, but a weak story arc left if feeling unfinished.

Three, the title was too ambiguous. What does “paper heart” mean? Is it a reference to the fragility of love? the fakeness of love? the presence of paper puppet reenactments? I really don’t know.

Finally, it wasn’t that funny.  Yes, there were some laughs, but nothing worth buying a movie ticket for. If you want to see it, I suggest waiting for the dvd.

If you are going to go, realize the best parts are the puppets and the kids. Be on the lookout for the boy with unusually insightful dating advice.

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  1. Rose Tibbs said, on September 22, 2009 at 12:40 am

    That looks spectacular! The stills you found are amazing too.
    But your review is quite helpful.

  2. Kaitlin said, on September 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

    maybe you should watch it with your boo


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