Celeste and Jesse Forever(2012)
A loved story.
Melancholy rom-com about a married couple (Andy Samberg and co-writer Rashida Jones) who split and remain best friends. But their seemingly reasonable decision brews longing emotions...... More
Celeste (Jones) and Jesse (Samberg) married young but grew apart. Now 30, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm while Jesse is unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do, Celeste makes the call. But as the reality of their separation sets in and Jesse finds a new lover, Celeste begins to see her decision, which seemed mature and progressive at the time, as impulsive and selfish.Hide
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BY Aaron Yap Flicks Writer
Like her Parks and Recreation co-star Aubrey Plaza in Safety Not Guaranteed, Rashida Jones’ first lead feature role is a likeable enough effort to step out from the tube, but also one that doesn’t deviate too much from her small screen persona. Perhaps it’s her limitations as an actress, or just the P&R writers’ knack for creating such well-rounded, uniquely tailored characters, but Celeste could easily be Anne Perkins reinvented as a trend forecaster with a little bit more emotional, dramatic breadth. Which is not to slight her performance - Jones is endearingly klutzy, and she bounces off Andy Samberg well, who’s - believe it or not - watchable attempting something straighter than we’re used to from him (The Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live).... More
That the screenplay, dotted with intimately humorous details that feel like private jokes from a long-term relationship, was written by Jones and her real-life ex Will McCormack, lends Celeste and Jesse Forever a truer-to-life veneer than your average Hollywood romantic comedy, and it helps sell us the idea that both characters, six months into their divorce, would remain so lovey-dovey and close to each other. But the film doesn’t quite transcend formula either (see: Elijah Wood’s gay, advice-offering colleague, McCormack’s stoner buddy), with director Lee Toland Krieger struggling to seamlessly balance the heart-tugging demands of a separation with its comic complications. As a vehicle for Jones, it’s fine - it’s just not the complete revision of the rules it initially presents itself to be.Hide
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BY delarge101 superstar
Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's script contains enough sharp humour for every character to share around (even if the supporting characters take more for themselves), but Celeste and Jesse Forever's two lead characters are too self-absorbed and unlikeable for us to feel any sympathy. It is filmed in a slick, modern style for an extremely modest budget, but the story isn't as fresh and original as it thinks it is.