Paper Heart

  • Directors: Nicholas Jasenovec
  • Producers: Sandra Murillo, Elise Salomon
  • Writers: Nicholas Jasenovec, Charlyne Yi
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera

The film follows Charlyne as she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one and only subject she doesn’t fully understand, considering her complete understanding of all subjects except one: 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. Charlyne doesn’t want to risk losing the person she finds closest to her heart. [3]

Youth in Revolt

  • Directors: Miguel Arteta
  • Producers: David Permut
  • Writers: C D Payne, Gustin Nash
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Mary Kay Place, M Emmet Walsh, Zach Galifianakis, with Justin Long, special appearance by Fred Willard, and Ray Liotta, and Steve Buscemi

Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is a cynical sex-obsessed 16-year-old who, while on vacation in a trailer park, meets Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday), an intellectual. The only things really standing in his way are Sheeni’s poetry-writing ex-boyfriend Trent (Jonathan B. Wright), Nick’s temperamental divorced parents (Steve Buscemi and Jean Smart), and Nick’s mom’s boyfriends (Zach Galifianakis and Ray Liotta). When Nick realizes she is not interested, he comes up with an alter-ego, named Francois, who resembles Nick, but has blue eyes, a mustache, a deeper voice, and a player/bad boy attitude to help him with his pursuit of Sheeni. But when Francois ends up making Nick a wanted criminal, everything spins out of control.

Nick and Norah s Infinite Playlist

  • Directors: Peter Sollett
  • Producers: Kerry Kohansky, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
  • Writers: Novel, David Levithan, Rachel Cohn, Screenplay, Lorene Scafaria
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings

Nick O’Leary (Michael Cera), a teenager from Hoboken, New Jersey, is heartbroken after his girlfriend, Tris (Alexis Dziena), breaks up with him. His friends and musical bandmates in the queercore band The Jerk-Offs (of which Nick is the only straight member), Thom (Aaron Yoo) and Dev (Rafi Gavron), finally convince him to leave the house to perform at a club later that night only because his favorite band “Where’s Fluffy?” would be playing somewhere in New York City that night. Norah Silverberg (Kat Dennings) and her best friend, Caroline, (Ari Graynor) attend the same high school as Tris. Norah and Tris dislike each other as Norah is smart and motivated, having been accepted into Brown University, while Tris is more of the typical self-interested brat. Tris shows Norah and Caroline a mix CD Nick has made for her and throws it away. Norah takes the mix CD out of the garbage and says that Tris doesn’t appreciate the artwork or the songs. She has been recovering the discarded mix CDs for some time now. That night, they all end up at Arlene’s Grocery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where The Jerk-Offs are playing. While performing, Nick sees Tris in the audience with another guy. Meanwhile, Norah eyes Nick on stage. Thom and Dev meet Lethario (Jonathan B. Wright). Norah asks Nick to be her boyfriend for five minutes to prove to Tris that she is going out with someone. Norah kisses Nick, not knowing that Nick is Tris’ ex, and Tris is jealous. Caroline gets drunk and Norah wants to take her home, but Nick’s band-mates, who see Norah as a potential girlfriend for Nick, give Norah some clothes they know that Nick likes and then offer to take Caroline home so she can ride with Nick. They begin trying to find a rumored concert by the legendary publicity-shy indie band, “Where’s Fluffy?” Caroline wakes up in the back of the van and overhears Thom and Dev having a graphic sexual conversation. Fearing that they are talking about raping her, she decides to run away. Nick and Norah travel around, discovering they both love “Where’s Fluffy?”. Nick brings up Tris’ name, to Norah’s dismay, and they decide to call it a night after having an argument. Nick gets a call from his band-mates telling him that they lost Caroline. Nick tells Norah about Caroline and they meet with the band-mates to try to find her. After no luck finding Caroline, they assume that she is already at the “Where’s Fluffy?” concert. They all go to a club to see if the band and Caroline are there. Nick decides to show he is interested in Norah and starts dancing with her only to be interrupted by Norah’s ex, Tal (Jay Baruchel).

Nick calls Norah, apologizing for leaving, and she agrees to meet up with him again. They both decide to go somewhere no one they know will find them. Norah offers to drive, and turns out to be a reckless driver, who crashes his car into a fire hydrant. They arrive at Electric Lady Studios which is owned by her father. Nick is fascinated at the equipment and history of the studio. Norah asks to let Nick record something in the recording room. As he sings, Norah laughs and enters the room with him. They both stare at each other for a moment then, the sound equipment picks up Norah having an orgasm. She gets a text message from Caroline saying “Fournd Flufdy,” [sic] so they decide to go. They arrive at the concert to find Tal and Tris already there. Tris can’t understand why Nick won’t take her back and Tal wants the same answer from Norah. Tal pulls Norah away from Nick. Nick and Tal start shoving each other until Lethario decides to headbutt Tal and then cries. Nick and Norah share a smile, grab each others’ hands and leave. They reach Penn Station, but as they head for the train, Norah questions Nick about missing the concert. But he doesn’t care and she steps towards him and they share a kiss on the escalator while going down.

Juno

  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Producers: John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick, Russell Smith
  • Writers: Diablo Cody
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J K Simmons, Olivia Thirlby

Sixteen-year-old Minnesotan high-schooler Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) discovers she is pregnant with a child fathered by her friend and longtime admirer, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). While at first she intends to have an abortion, she changes her mind and decides to make a plan for the child’s adoption. With the help of her friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), Juno searches the ads in the Pennysaver and finds a couple she feels will provide a suitable home. Along with her father, Mac (J. K. Simmons), Juno meets the couple, Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), in their expensive home and expresses a desire for a closed adoption.

Vanessa is extremely anxious around Juno and their initial interactions are uneasy. However, Juno and Leah happen to see Vanessa in a shopping mall being completely at ease with a child, and Juno encourages Vanessa to talk to her baby in the womb, where it obligingly kicks for her. On the other hand, Juno more easily forms a friendship with Mark, with whom she shares tastes in punk rock and horror films. Mark, who has set aside his rock band youth (now confined to memorabilia displayed in the one room of the house allowed him by Vanessa), works at home composing commercial jingles. Juno hangs out with Mark a few times, ignoring a warning from her stepmother Bren (Allison Janney) that she should not spend time alone with a married man.

After a heartfelt discussion with Mac, Juno accepts that she loves Paulie. Juno then tells Paulie that she loves him, and Paulie’s actions make it clear that her feelings are reciprocated. At his track meet, when Paulie notices Juno is not in the stands and realizes she must be in labor, he rushes to the hospital to be with her (she had not told him because she did not want him to miss the meet). He arrives to find Juno has given birth to their son, and comforts Juno as she cries. Vanessa comes to the hospital where she joyfully claims the newborn boy as a single adoptive mother. On the wall in the baby’s new nursery, Vanessa has framed Juno’s note—addressed only to her—which reads “Vanessa: If you’re still in, I’m still in. —Juno.” The film ends in the summertime with Juno and Paulie playing guitar and singing together, followed by a kiss.

Year One

  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Producers: Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Nicholas Weinstock
  • Writers: Screenplay, Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg, Story, Harold Ramis
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy
  • Actors: Jack Black, Michael Cera

The film is about two men traveling through the stories in the early parts of the Bible – “Zed” (played by Jack Black) and his friend “Oh” played by Michael Cera. Among the characters they encounter are Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel[1], and Abraham.[2]

In an interview regarding Be Kind Rewind, Black stated that Year One will be about two men running around in Moses’ time. He said that the movie is similar to Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Black stated that it might be fun to see all the stories of the Bible in a modern movie.

In an interview[3] with MTV, Cera described it as a comedy set in Biblical times with Black’s character Zed, looking for some kind of meaning for his life. Black warned viewers expecting a comedy along the lines of Ghostbusters or Knocked Up that the style of the film is much more along the lines of the Monty Python movies.

Superbad

  • Directors: Greg Mottola
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Shauna Robertson
  • Writers: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Chris Mintz Plasse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen

It is two weeks before the end of high school. Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) are long-time friends in their senior year of high school, about to leave for different colleges. Their mutual friend, Fogell, (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has plans to acquire a fake ID, so Seth agrees to buy alcohol for a party his crush, Jules (Emma Stone), is hosting. Evan also offers to buy Goldslick vodka for his long-time crush Becca (Martha MacIsaac).

While purchasing the alcohol Fogell is assaulted by a hooded robber, and the police soon arrive. The two officers, Michaels (Seth Rogen) and Slater (Bill Hader), who appear to be fooled by the fake ID (which has the single name “McLovin” as his identity), offer Fogell a lift to the party. On the way, however, they make numerous stops. The officers display many instances of inappropriate use of police powers, including stealing beers, drinking on the job, unnecessary use of police lights, and improper use of their firearms.

While the police officers are talking to Fogell at the liquor store, Evan and Seth make the assumption that Fogell has been arrested. Seth is suddenly hit by a car, but seems uninjured. To avoid being reported, the driver, Francis (Joe Lo Truglio), agrees to take them to a party, where they reason they can steal the alcohol they need. However, he is not welcome at the party and is subsequently assaulted by the host, and Seth and Evan are forced to leave, but not before smuggling out alcohol. They happen upon Slater, Michaels, and Fogell in the police car. Officer Slater prepares to arrest the teens but Evan runs off and the two officers chase while the reunited Seth and Fogell make off with the rest of the alcohol. The trio eventually make it to the party.

The following morning, Evan and Seth run into Becca and Jules at the mall. After an awkward conversation about the mistakes of the previous night, Seth takes Jules to get cover up for her eye, while Evan and Becca go off to look for some comforters.