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.
This is probably the epitome of what I seek in a romantic comedy. It's honest and truthful, yet has all these sweet, optimistic moments that make the movie so very worth being watched. Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones's performances were both spot-on — I had seen them both in more comic situations, but the depth in both their characters and their acting really got to me. Heck, I even got a bit teary-eyed a couple of times — which definitely says a lot about it, being the stoic I am when it comes to watching movies.
My perfect kind of romantic comedy. It's painfully truthful yet also sweet and charming. It also benefitted from having a stellar cast with some really good supports. Andy Samberg was particuarly good here, I've been watching a lot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine lately and I really like him but I had no idea he was capable of such depth (due to playing kind of one dimensional comedy characters most of the time), I'd love to see him in a lot more movies like this. There have been quite a lot of really interesting smaller scale rom-coms in the past few years and Celeste & Jesse Forever certainly stands up there among the best of them.
My most favorite romantic comedy so far.
"No one has given a more self-righteous monologue while wearing a trash bag."
That line right there is one of the reasons why I hate this movie. Don't get me wrong, the script is really well-written, and the cameos are all really cool, but my God, the character Celeste is such a self-righteous bitch throughout 80% of this movie, I just wanted to reach into my computer monitor and smack her in the face. "Are you hearing the words coming out of your mouth right now?!" She must have been a spoiled brat when she was a kid or something.
But yeah. The script is great. It's realistic, and the whole vibe of the movie is kind of this cool hipster indie romance movie, but gosh, Rashida Jones' character just drove me nuts. If the movie's atmosphere/environment is what Los Angeles is actually like, then I don't think I ever want to live there.
This is okay. It starts out as an honest, intimate look at the end of a relationship and the attempts to rediscover friendship in the midst of heartbreak. Unfortunately, the film loses steam before its short 90 minute runtime is up.
I don't normally like Andy Samburg, but he gives a sweet performance here. Together with Rashida Jones, who is also very pleasant to watch on screen, they create nice chemistry. But Andy Samburg gets less screentime in the second half which hurts the film. It becomes a bit too repetitive showing Rashida Jones trying to move on, with a few cliche characters/situations. She goes from dating at arms-length, to focusing on her career, to dating at arms-length again. The scenes between her and Andy are the strongest.
It is refreshing to see romance films of this nature. More with this level of authenticity would be welcomed.
Nice to watch something in the Romantic genre where you can't actually predict the end.
A refreshingly funny, earnest, sad & romantic comedy/drama that works thanks to some excellent writing as well as appealing leads who are extremely well suited to their roles.
It also joins the long line of films that lead me to believe that pot smoking is the number one American pastime.
Better than average rom-com simply because it throws the by-the-numbers rom-com tropes in the bin by having the leading couple already broken up by the time the movie starts.
It goes around on the 'will they or won't they' carousal maybe just a couple of times too many but that's easily forgiven because it provides plenty of genuine laughs along the way.
Elijah Wood has some of the best lines but Elijah would, wouldn't he.
For a date night on the couch, you could do a lot worse than this little, intelligently conceived flick.
No. 56 in my 365 Days of First-Time Watches
I'm pretty sure this film triggered every emotion in me that I can think of. The acting was fantastic, the opening sequence was wonderful, the characters were really well written and believable... I could go on. This film exceeded my already very high expectations and I loved it.
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