Paper Heart

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Paper Heart
Paper heart.jpg
Promotional film poster
Directed by Nicholas Jasenovec
Produced by Sandra Murillo
Elise Salomon
Charlyne Yi
Written by Nicholas Jasenovec
Charlyne Yi
Starring Charlyne Yi
Michael Cera
Jake Johnson
Music by Charlyne Yi
Michael Cera
Cinematography Jay Hunter
Edited by Ryan Brown
Distributed by Overture Films
Release date
  • August 7, 2009 (2009-08-07)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,286,744

Paper Heart is a 2009 American romantic comedy film starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera as fictionalized versions of themselves based on their rumored relationship, though Yi has said they never dated.[1][2][3]

The plot for the film is based on Charlyne Yi's original idea of a documentary, which Nick Jasenovec suggested would be accentuated with a fictional storyline.[4][5]


Jake Johnson, Charlyne Yi, and Nick Jasenovec

The film follows Charlyne as she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about a subject she does not understand: love. As she and her good friend (and director) Nick search for answers and advice about love, Charlyne talks with friends, strangers, scientists, bikers, romance novelists, and children. They each offer diverse views on modern romance, as well as various answers to the age-old question: does true love really exist?

Shortly after filming begins, Charlyne meets a boy after her own heart: Michael Cera. As their relationship develops on camera, her pursuit to discover the nature of love takes on a fresh new urgency.




Critical reception[edit]

Paper Heart received mixed reviews by critics and currently holds a 57% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Box office[edit]

Paper Heart received a limited release on August 7, 2009, in the United States and Canada, making $1,286,744.


Paper Heart: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released August 4, 2009
Genre Soundtrack
Length 41:00
Label Lakeshore
Producer Alden Penner

The soundtrack of Paper Heart was released on August 4, 2009 by Lakeshore Records and contains music composed primarily by Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi. Alden Penner was the producer.

Track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Beginning" Michael Cera, Michael Cassady, Alden Penner, Adam Etinson 2:56
2. "Hope" Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi, Alden Penner 1:29
3. "Mike Modrak" Michael Cera 1:51
4. "Now They're Really Getting to Know Each Other" Michael Cera, Alden Penner 1:29
5. "Children Are Ridiculous" Michael Cera, Alden Penner 1:50
6. "Symphony" Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi, Alden Penner 1:16
7. "Don & Sally" Michael Cera, Mary Forrest, Jamie Wheeler, Alden Penner 1:44
8. "New York City Theme" Michael Cera, Alden Penner 0:41
9. "Magic Perfume" Charlyne Yi, Matt Davis 2:18
10. "Charlyne vs Charlyne" Michael Cera, Jeremy Konner 1:18
11. "The 11th Arrondissement" Zach Condon, Perrin Cloutier 2:07
12. "Sid & Mary Beth" Michael Cera, Michael Cassady, Alden Penner 2:23
13. "Moon Waltz" Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi, Alden Penner 1:06
14. "Chivalrous Galloping For Thy Love" Michael Cera, Alden Penner 1:23
15. "Psychic?" Michael Cera, Alden Penner 0:51
16. "Lois & Sully" Michael Cera, Alden Penner, Dan Ring, Charlyne Yi 1:51
17. "Learning" Michael Cera, Alden Penner 2:35
18. "Flying Away" Michael Cera 2:00
19. "Creepy Town" Michael Cera 0:34
20. "Sprinkling" Charlyne Yi 2:00
21. "Twin Dream Phoenix" Alden Penner, Aiden Jeffery, Michael Speleit, Nathan Gage, Marie-Claire Saindon, Nicholas Scribner, Ben Borden 3:10
22. "Girl With The Microphone" Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi, Mary Forrest, Alden Penner 2:05


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