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Paper Heart Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    A "hybrid documentary" that bemusedly blurs the line between fact and fiction.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Doesn't always have a clear path, but that is part of its meandering appeal. It asks if true love exists, then renders it a rhetorical question.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A quasi-documentary about love that is sweet, true and perhaps a little deceptive.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The movie's hide-and-seek attitude toward truth mirrors the intricacies of one lover getting to know another -- an arresting notion of the heart that's much more than paper-deep.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Quirky semi-documentary about love is cute for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this semi-scripted, semi-documentary-style movie co-starring Juno's Michael Cera focuses on a young actress' search for the meaning of love. There's not much sexuality, since the focus is on romantic love, but there are a couple of scenes in which couples hold hands and kiss (sweetly, not passionately). For a PG-13 movie, there's not much language other than the occasional "s--t" and "bastard." The movie's message is ultimately positive: Love is out there, but it takes personal and emotional risk/commitment to find and feel it.

  • Families can talk about adolescent and adult relationships, especially in light of the one couple who got married at 17. Do you think there are any rules about what makes a successful relationship?

  • Do you think this movie fits into the documentary genre, or should it be considered a comedy? Is it disappointing to know that the "director" in the movie was played by an actor?

  • What did you think of the puppet segments? How did they work (or not) with the rest of the movie?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although Charlyne is resistant to the idea of love, the film suggests that not only is it very real, but it (at least in the form of a long-term, happy marriage) is something that many committed couples have accomplished.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Many of the real-life couples featured in the movie discuss what it takes to have a long-lasting marriage and relationship. Charlyne realizes that to further her relationship with Michael, she must sacrifice aspects of the movie's documentary nature.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not applicable

  • sex false2

    Sex: Charlyne and Michael flirt and hold hands; a couple of brief kisses. There are several interviews of couples discussing their romantic relationships and marriages. One same-sex couple mentions having sex in a car on their second date (non-graphic discussion).

  • language false2

    Language: Language is limited to a few utterances of "s--t" and "bastard."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Just Apple products: Mac computer and iPod. Young girls talk about how they love singer Chris Brown.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: At a party, young adults (they all look over 21) drink and smoke cigarettes. Charlyne and her director also smoke cigarettes on a couple of occasions.