Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Celeste & Jesse Forever
A Loved Story
Celeste and Jesse met in high school and got married young. They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other’s sentences. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple – she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding novelist; he, a free spirit who keeps things from getting boring. Their only problem is that they have decided to get divorced. Can their perfect relationship withstand this minor setback?
When Harry Met Sally is one of my all time favorite movies, so I feel like the romantic comedy genre has the potential to produce some truly original and stunning pictures. I wholeheartedly believe Celeste and Jesse Forever continues in that tradition: to present real and flawed characters, make you like them, and force them to live life the way normal people live it. I don't know how this movie manages to feel so realistic when the scenario is basically unheard of. Have you ever heard of a completely drama-free and friendly, loving divorce? I haven't. It just doesn't make any logical sense, but this film makes you believe that it's possible. It totally breaks the mold of generic, formulaic…
Review In A Nutshell:
It always becomes more difficult when established friendships are involved, once it is taken to a deeper level, the risks become greater but the rewards are also more glorious. I think most of us would want to be romantically linked with our best friends as much of the games and rituals that has to be endured at the start of a unfamiliar relationship could be skipped, we can present ourselves in our skin with confidence and comfort; there is anticipation and preparedness in the compromises and arguments, bypassing all of the unnecessary roads that becomes accidentally travelled. As I have said, the risks are also greater which leads to deeper pain and grief, which many of…
It is nice to see the romance genre come alive with decent stories and characters without following the 1-2-3s of the 'Romantic Comedy'. I suppose that is thanks to the independent spirit that is bringing to the screen stories about love and falling in love in a more realistic way or with more interesting story lines (Safety Not Guaranteed).
Celeste and Jesse Forever fasts-forward to a couple that is already in love, saving us from the usual 'boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-runs-to-the-airport-to-get-girl' moves. Refreshing. But it replaces it with something that is becoming all too common in the new generation of romantic films: the "talky" characters who are a little too idiosyncratic, a little too hip. One can almost predict that an…
It's harder to be friends than lovers
And you shouldn't try to mix the two
'Cause if you do it and you're still unhappy
Then you know that the problem is you.
Liz Phair, "The Divorce Song"
Romantic comedies have always existed on a plane several degrees of separation removed from reality, so I have a natural tendency to cherish those few that reach a certain level of emotional honesty. As such, Celeste & Jesse Forever is a special film that dissects, in hilarious and often gut-wrenching detail, the awkwardness of ending a relationship by saying "let's just be friends" and actually meaning it. That it combines such a refreshing premise with two leads of such natural chemistry - who are…
For me, the best romantic dramas always have a hint of anti-romance. Celeste & Jesse Forever has the perfect balance. Brilliantly and intelligently written, it knows how to make an impact.
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg play two very real characters who are both struggling to deal with the end of their relationship. Co-written by Jones, both of their characters are flawed but honest, making it easy to relate to each of them. It's surprising that Samberg gives such a good performance, but it's obvious that how well the characters were written for them, resulting in an amazing chemistry.
This is also the first time I have been able to stand Elijah Wood, outside of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy that is. I found his character hilarious.
Indie rom-coms have been done to death and at this point they are starting to all feel the same. Then a film like Celeste & Jesse Forever comes along and it reminds you why the genre is so great.
Its funny that Celeste & Jessee Forever feels so refreshing because in all honestly it follows the established formula pretty closely.
Its the two leads that make this film feel special, they are just so damn likable. Rashida Jones and Adam Samberg play off each other so well.
Celeste & Jesse Forever has single handily renewed my faith in the indie rom-com genre and I can't give it much higher praise than that.
For some reason, I will tire of this film. The screenplay is really something special, taking a direct stab at the idea of the romantic comedy - almost establishing the idea of the 'anti-romance comedy'.
On this viewing, I noticed that A LOT HAPPENS in this film, there are actually many tendrils of story to get through, with Celeste forming well explored relationships with all the supporting players. There's a lot to unpack in this film, it doesn't go for the straight laughs but instead gives you small nudges that somehow work better.
Plodding in the middle, but strong on bittersweet themes.
Heartbreaking but beautiful.
Ohhhh my god this just played on each and every one of my heartstrings wtf the fuck I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did. Help.
It's like "When Harry Met Sally" but backwards and boring.
i really really like this movie, it's really a heartwarming story, one of the finest exploration about breaking up in cinematic medium i've ever seen. although some of it's part kinda dragging but it never takes the charm out of this movie.
It doesn't subvert rom-com conventions as much as it just tinkers with them, and that's fine. What the movie lacks in big or particularly memorable laughs, it makes up for in great performances, honest drama, wit, gorgeous cinematography and some perfect soundtrack cues.
Eine der größten Überraschungen 2012. Sehr emotionaler und ehrlicher Film
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
All I ever hear about this indie rom-com is that it's very sad and painful and quite depressing. This is my second watch of it and I still don't get those feelings. I'd assume it's the cynical side of me who just really doesn't like romance movie's but I actually quite like this movie. It just doesn't get to me so much. I mean I can't quite figure out what endears me about this movie, it's not quite successful in its attempts to defy the typical rom-com conventions and it's not actually all that funny to me. I feel like a movie that has a scene where two people watch Bob Ross and hit a bong should be more humorous…
I probably like romance/romcoms a bit too much for any straight male, suggest some more like these please?
Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…
Essentially this list is a mash up of personal favorites (Pineapple Express) and films that I believe to be truly…