Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever

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Celeste and Jesse Forever

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...

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.

2012Rating: R16, contains drug use, sex scenes & offensive language91 minsUSA
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Entertaining Enough

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,...

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Earns points for bucking formula, but its fusion of snark and sincerity has a calculated slickness that rings increasingly hollow.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

This honest, if not funny, comedy is all about Celeste. If anyone can make you sympathise with affluent LA yuppies, Rashida Jones can.

3.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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Jones writes herself a couple of powerful scenes and plays them well, but she and director Lee Toland Krieger don't find many memorable uses for Samberg as her blandly schlubby hubby.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Decidedly conventional in most respects, it's pretty swell as an exploration of a relationship between a man and a woman that's no longer predicated by mutual desire.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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Some nice moments, but it's unbearably self-conscious and nowhere does it resemble real life.

2.0
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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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What really lifts Celeste and Jesse Forever above the rom-com herd, besides breakout star performances from Jones and Samberg, is the movie's willingness to replace clichés with painful truths. It's irresistible.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I'm not surprised that Rashida Jones took the lead in writing this screenplay; the way things are going now, if an actress doesn't write a good role for herself, no one else is going to write one.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Delivers an affectionate and intelligent look at how even the closest couples can find that breaking up is so very hard to do.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Charming and not without its moments, but far too conventional to capture the complexity it strives for.

2.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A low-fi indie that swiftly slums into terminal feyness.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Earns points for bucking formula, but its fusion of snark and sincerity has a calculated slickness that rings increasingly hollow.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

This honest, if not funny, comedy is all about Celeste. If anyone can make you sympathise with affluent LA yuppies, Rashida Jones can.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Jones writes herself a couple of powerful scenes and plays them well, but she and director Lee Toland Krieger don't find many memorable uses for Samberg as her blandly schlubby hubby.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Decidedly conventional in most respects, it's pretty swell as an exploration of a relationship between a man and a woman that's no longer predicated by mutual desire.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Some nice moments, but it's unbearably self-conscious and nowhere does it resemble real life.

2.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

What really lifts Celeste and Jesse Forever above the rom-com herd, besides breakout star performances from Jones and Samberg, is the movie's willingness to replace clichés with painful truths. It's irresistible.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I'm not surprised that Rashida Jones took the lead in writing this screenplay; the way things are going now, if an actress doesn't write a good role for herself, no one else is going to write one.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Delivers an affectionate and intelligent look at how even the closest couples can find that breaking up is so very hard to do.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Charming and not without its moments, but far too conventional to capture the complexity it strives for.

2.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A low-fi indie that swiftly slums into terminal feyness.

2.0
0

Entertaining Enough

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,...

3.0
0