There's few things I like more than running ideas into the ground, so as a follow-up to my list of…
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.
Worth a re-watch soon. Andy and Rashida are both lovingly bitter sweet and quirky.
I love me some Rashida Jones
I was curious how I would feel about this romantic comedy from two sometimes funny people out there. I like Andy Samberg, but sometimes he's just a little too much for me. But the film mostly focuses on Rashida Jone's character, who is trying to get over her high school sweetheart ex-husband (Samberg). Along the way she discovers her own flaws and realizes the divorce wasn't as easy as she thought it would be.
It took me a little while to get into the film with all of the revelations of where the characters are in life, their backstory and the introduction of new characters. But once that was out of the way and story narrowed in on Jones's struggles,…
An uneven mix, but when it works, it's both sharp & sweet. Rashida Jones is great. Fun. #see
A meta-subverting rom-com with some indie wrinkles. Written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, the film is a vehicle for Jones and SNL alum Andy Samberg, in a modern romance that's a little off-beat but very warm and predictable. I appreciate how the indie freshness doesn't sneer at the rom-com formula (so easy and so terrible), but I just wish it didn't run so close to it (Be a little braver? C'mon?).
very quirky and unexpected
Bom filme, ótimas atuações.
Enredo simples, nada demais, até meio sessão da tarde, mas dá pra assistir e pensar um pouco.
Jones and Wood did a great job, but Samberg was forgettable. Krieger presented a realistic portrayal of two flawed characters in a way that made the story compelling and unique; and I enjoyed the bittersweet look in.
An awkward and occasionally entertaining indie romcom.
- Funny Face
- Dan in Real Life
- When Harry Met Sally...
- Falling in Love
- You've Got Mail
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Soldier's Girl
- Blue Valentine
- Play It Again, Sam
- Before Sunrise
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- Say Anything...
- Castaway on the Moon
- Good Will Hunting
- Love Me If You Dare
Running list of my favorite movies. No rankings - just a hodgepodge of love and awesomeness.