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.
Oh man, so I didn't think this was going to be like super-happy-fun-time or anything, but this was actually a pretty serious movie. I mean, I like Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, but it was weird to hear them angrily say "fuck" a lot. Danny Castellano was in it, so that cheered me up.
Celeste and Jesse Forever may sound like your typical indie relationship dramedy, and in some ways, it is. We get playful banter between the leads (Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg), montages depicting young love, moments of moody introspection set to indie rock, and a supporting cast full of familiar but not-quite-famous faces. However, Celeste and Jesse Forever has something going in its favour that most movies of this type don't: maturity.
This is not your typical A-to-B, boy-meets-girl plot. In fact, the film subverts most narrative expectations entirely, just in terms of the general story arc. After a quick collection of snapshots depicting Celeste and Jesse's budding love and eventual marriage, we're thrown into their day-to-day reality a few years…
Delightful. Rashida Jones should write more.
There's a new Apatow on the West Coast. Damn this was way better than I was expecting. It has the whole package: clever writing, astute soundtrack, confident direction, and insanely charismatic lead performances (who would of thought the guy from Lonely Island could carry a dramatic role as well as this?). Rashida Jones is awesome as Celeste and grounds the rom com in a relatable reality where so few dare to tread. On Netflix Canada.
I wanted to like this. Oh well...
Kind of like a reverse rom-com, you're rooting for them to break up properly and become best friends again. Makes a nice change.
'Celeste and Jesse Forever' is one a good-hearted romantic comedy about a likable couple that it swims upstream against the current of our desires. Its one of the best films i've seen this year, a latecomer I know, but the realities of this film parallel my own life (i know everyone says that) so much. The two have been together for years, long enough so their friends think of them as a unit you know, and now they've decided they'll break up, she'll stay in the house and he'll move into his studio in the backyard but remain friends".
This decision upsets and even offends their friends, because after certain people become fixed stars in their firmament, they feel threatened…
Not a typical love story. Interesting ideas explored. Breaks out of typical love story tropes.
Nice concept ..but dragged little bit in the middle
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Running list of my favorite movies. No rankings - just a hodgepodge of love and awesomeness.