Paper Heart is a refreshing indie love story. The film stars Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, and Jake Johnson in a quest to help Charlyne document how and why people fall in love. In the beginning, Charlyne doesn’t believe she’ll ever find love, but during the progress of the movie – you can see that her opinions evolve.
The filming took the cast and crew everywhere from Toronto, Paris, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, and Little Rock just to name a few. In each of the locations, they stopped and interviewed people about love – some were couples that had been together for years and others were divorcees that claimed they would never marry again. They even took the time to interview a couple scientists about what makes a person feel in love from a chemical perspective.
The most heartwarming part of the story is the connection between Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi. While their love story was outlined and not real like the rest of the film footage – it feels real to the viewer. Michael and Charlyne aren’t acting – this is their real personalities.
During an interview we had with the cast, they explained that the Charlyne/Michael love story was outlined – but not scripted. So most of what the viewer sees in the film is just improv from the two trying to get from point A to point B. Their interactions are cute and awkward and typical of new love.
A lot of people may walk away from this film believing that Charlyne and Michael are in fact together – but we also confirmed that they’re just good friends. Sorry guys!
At the end of it all, Charlyne did admit to us exclusively that the film did change her conclusions on love. The actress commented saying, “I think that it’s different for everyone. I don’t think anyone’s wrong or right. I think it’s what you want it to be, you know?”
Paper Heart is a different kind of film. And we highly recommend it.
You can check out our full interview with Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, and Jake Johnson here – Paper Heart Interview
Review by Emma Loggins