Films that I find to be (either only a bit or way too) lowly rated on Letterboxd; these are just…
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.
Really, surprisingly good and as a former Angeleno I think it captures a nice specificity for the town.
In a recent discussion with friends over what movies make us cry the most, I was hard pressed to list many. I am not at all an emotional movie watcher. I tend to be able to separate myself from any film situation because for the most part they feel very contrived to me and not relatable. It's not that I can't sympathize with people, but empathy is what makes me emotional in regards to media and most films just don't do that for me. I can list a series of scenes that get me, Dead poets society - after the suicide and O Captain My Captain, Good Will Hunting when Will and Skylar fight in her room, Steel Magnolias when…
Funny, sad, mature. Better than THE BREAK UP. Even raw in some scenes. Rashida Jones is awesome in this, and so is Sandberg. I kind of love this movie.
Esta mistura singela entre comédia e drama do diretor Lee Toland Krieger traz um dos casais mais verossímeis do cinema, Celeste e Jesse, feitos por Rashida Jones e Andy Samberg, com uma notável química, poucas vezes existente em filmes do gênero. Uma atmosfera de melancolia, mesmo com intervalos pop, sugere uma narrativa baseada no relacionamento que pode durar contra todas as probabilidades. Celeste e Jesse vivem juntos, mas já separados, enquanto cada um tenta seguir seu caminho, no entanto sem conseguir esquecer um ao outro.
Krieger utiliza imagens com tom azulado para dar um certo afastamento dos personagens em relação à realidade, mas consegue mais, de forma eficiente, extrair atuações surpreendentes tanto de Jones quanto de Samberg (ambos facilmente em seus melhores momentos), assim como do elenco coadjuvante, que inclui um discreto Elijah Wood e Emma Roberts e Chris Messina, bastante eficientes.
Up there with (500) Days of Summer as a film that approaches love and relationships from a mature and realistic perspective, no silly rom- com histrionics. Written by two of the film's stars Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, Celeste & Jesse Forever is a terrifically written film, funny, touching, sweet, never saccharine or untrue. The performances are great, the emotions feel real, it's terrific. Give it a watch.
Didn't expect too much from this film but was pleasantly surprised. The story is cute and funny, the characters real and the ending was really strong. Recommended.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Really solid indie film, made me really sad for some reason. Honestly, I'll watch pretty much anything Samberg is in, I think the dude is really understated with how good an actor he is, but that's just my opinion.
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