Paper Heart with Charlyne Yi & Michael Cera

Charlyne “Oh, that’s mine, not yours! But because you’re family, you guys share” Yi of Knocked Up fame made a mockumentary about love this year. It won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, and was highly anticipated for a while before its eventual release. This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I decided to just show the trailer, and do my review of this film in simple bullet-point form. enjoy.

  • I’m not gonna lie, I was half expecting to write something about Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi’s on-screen relationship based on the interracial stuff, but this movie doesn’t touch on the subject and never really had to.
  • Is this thing real? Is this really a documentary? Mockumentary? Psuedo-documentary? Scripted based on real life? Or completely made up? I can’t say, you’ll have to look it up yourself.
  • The STARS in this movie. Ridiculously funny. Its like you had to have been in Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, or part of the hipster new media, post-modern comedian 2.0 crowd to be in this movie (famous on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook or friends with Demetri Martin).
  • For those confused about the ending, the Sundance version didn’t include the last bit, if that makes sense.
  • Charlyne Yi is crazy funny in the way your really weird theater geek friends were in high school. Not the theater geeks that were on stage acting, but the dudes that designed the sets and did the sound and hung out at Benson Theater all during lunch.
  • Michael Cera is crazy funny too. But he is cause he has the best damn timing in the history of comedy. The guy can say I’m going to the market. But say it like this: “I’m going… to the. market.” And nails it. Every time.
  • The director is an actor. Even though his director name is listed as the director. Cause the director’s name is correct. But he’s not the same guy as the actor portraying him. What? Confusing?! Or irrelevantly self-reflective?!

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