My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).
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…
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.
I really enjoyed this it was such a pleasant surprise to me! I think it is some kind of modern Annie Hall, at least it made me remember of it.
Simple and smart story about marriage relationships, divorce and friendship. It's so charming and honest with some comedy in between.
All of the cast is great! Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg have a perfect chemistry together. Nice to see Andy Samberg trying to do some drama, he totally succeeded!
Another thing that I loved about it was the soundtrack, perfect for the mood of the film.
It was wonderful.
Μου θύμισαν λίγο τη Marion και τον Guillaume η Rashida και o Samberg.Ωραία ταινία.Ωραία μουσική.Ωραία τα μαύρα ρούχα της Celeste.Θ Ε Α η Rebecca Dayan
"Do you wanna be right or wanna be happy?" -Paul
A lot of actors get typecast in Hollywood, and the only way for them to break out of that rut is to write their own material. Rashida Jones is generally the girl you call when you want an attractive, pithy, down-to-earth girl.
So, her and her ex-boyfriend Will McCormack decided to write a screenplay of their own and it really gives Rashida a chance to stretch her dramatic muscles. She's an incredibly talented actress and it really shows here.
It even gives Samberg a chance to be more dramatic as well, considering he's generally cast as the loveable idiot. Both do a great job here. There's something about comedic actors…
Emotionally invested from the opening credits, all the way through to the closing. Pleasantly surprised by the poignancy of the narrative, and the relatability of the characters.
Not the conventional rom-com, but I got annoyed by Celeste's character and her outlook on everything. However, the soundtrack is great.
Everyone in this film was miserable and selfish and unbearable and it made me nauseous.
Cinema is a beautiful thing. It’s my drug forever. Movies like this are quite simply the most effective forms of therapy being someone whose been struggling to move on in a relationship that ended a while ago. It’s not necessarily a great movie by any means, and it’s actually fairly formulaic but regardless, it works and hits the right notes to be a solid movie. It borders on being a mainstream comedy drama but also a very indie-ish bleak drama about a couple whom stay as the best of friends for far too long despite having ended their romantic relationship months ago and end up getting called out on it by a friend with one of the partners ending up…
The film had the potential to bring something fresh into the Rom-Com genre. The story is grounded and charming. Although the characters are fun and the cast is nice the film stays flat. It doesn't really have any memorable highlights.
Its sad because Marc Webb showed with "500 Days of Summer" some years earlier have it is done right.
It's funny how some Rom Coms push you to root against the couple. That's easily the best part of this movie.
Rashida Jones co-wrote this? Just when you thought you couldn't love her more.
(Was that captain Kirk in the park??)
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