Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I (heart) Paper Heart

Last night, we watched the cutest film called Paper Heart. It's about comedienne/musician/artist Charlyne Yi's quest to find answers to what most eludes her: love. She travels across the country, from Las Vegas and Los Angeles to Nashville and Oklahoma City, interviewing everyone--friends, strangers, scientists, preschoolers, bikers, single people, gay couples, married folks who have been together for years-- asking, "Does true love really exist?"

Twenty-four year-old Charlyne doesn't know if she's ever been in love, or ever will be. Along the way, she meets and unexpectedly falls for tween poster boy Michael Cera (of "Superbad," "Juno" and "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" fame). We follow them through the awkward get-to-know-you phase and tag along on various dates. It's obvious they have chemistry. Very cute.

The filmmakers describe the movie as a "hybrid documentary" (or mockumentary) and you wonder what parts are real and what parts are contrived. Does Charlyne play a fictionalized version of herself? Are the people she interviews reading from a script or speaking from the heart? Perhaps the big question is, "Are Charlyne and Michael really falling in love?"

It's cute. Fun. Super creative. I heart Paper Heart. Maybe you will, too.