Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…
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.
Celeste & Jesse Forever was thankfully better than its awful title, but that isn't saying much. Despite the fact that Samberg and Jones don't really fit their roles, they both give surprisingly good performances here. While nothing particularly stayed with me after watching this, Samberg and Jones have good enough chemistry to carry this when they are onscreen together. The problem is that they really don't have much time to shine together after the first act. Samberg is quickly left in the dust after the first act. His character floats in and out afterwards, but he doesn't have much of an arc. Jones is the central focus of the film, but her character doesn't stand out enough to really carry the…
Ein solider Film für Zwischendurch. Gut gespielt. Keine dieser handelsüblichen RomComs. Etwas realer und weniger schmalzig. Kann sich durchaus sehen lassen.
Usually with romance comedies we see the girl and guy getting to know each other and eventually ending up together as a song by Train plays in the last scene. However, the couple in this romcom are getting divorced and are figuring out how to live without one another after so many years being together.
Essentially, this movie is about friendship love, a strong bond between two people doesn't necessarily mean they should be together romantically.
A decent watch but there are excessive subplots that added nothing to the main story.
Rashida Jones <3 und Andy Samberg haben eine sehr gute Chemie in diesem Film.
Ich mag die Gags!
De como no quiero que termine mi relación.
( C ) Love Rashida Jones and her first writing effort wasn't all bad, as it had a few really funny parts, but the whole thing together didn't really work. Too many useless inside jokes between C & J and Samberg was sooo boring. Feel like at this pace Rashida Jones is about 2 more films away from writing something really amazing.
Ich musste erst einmal 10 Minuten investieren, um herauszufinden, wie der Film eigentlich hieß, den ich am Samstag gesehen und schon wieder vergessen habe. Die Idee ist ganz nett, statt zu zeigen, wie sich zwei Menschen verlieben, zeigt der Film, wie sie sich entlieben. Das aber als Komödie. Allerdings wurde nicht viel daraus gemacht, ich habe vielleicht drei oder vier Mal gelacht.
Ich habe den Film gesehen, weil Netflix meinte, das sei genau mein Geschmack. Fazit: Netflix kennt mich gar nicht wirklich. Soooo traurig!
I like Rashida Jones, and Andy Samberg* was fine too, but I think this movie suffered from a lack of caring about either Celeste or Jessie. It was kind of slow going, this movie. I did like that it examined love people have for each other, even after the end of marriage.
Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home
*True story: When I see Jesse Eisenberg, I think to myself, "Hey, that's Jesse Eisenberg." When I see Andy Samberg, I think to myself, "Is that Jesse Eisenberg?" Apparently, Andy Samberg doesn't really exist in my world.
Well, that was depressing.
Film 26/30 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
My Scavenger Hunt #4 List.
Item 23. An unconventional romance film!
it's always a good thing to deliver non-traditional romance to the audience; near sickening to see the same structure and milking of reintroduced branched-out genres that only serves as staple for easy consumerism. in which, this one almost took the bait to enter the realm of the commoners, good thing with its extracting screenplay and careful editing, it managed to bubble itself up and become a conspicuous romcom of 2012. it's great not to experience the brash and crass mentality of romance films to portray the enhanced conflict just to unleash the beast and make it truly shine -…
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