My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-635 are not ordered yet.
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.
A pretty good film. Jones has more to her than her acting.
She's written a pretty decent film about a female middle age crisis. Being a mid-20s male, I'm not sure how accurate it was, but it was enjoyable. And for the most part that's all I care about in a movie. It wasn't particularly great though. I can't explain why it was only good, there was just something missing from making it a great film.
Hay personas a las que siempre amarás, aunque no estén juntos de nuevo nunca.
This is a mean movie.
This is one mean mean movie.
We got these two characters we really like. We got these two characters we all relate to. Together they’re a pair we really like. Together they’re a pair we all relate to.
These two characters, Celeste and Jesse, are high school sweethearts recently separated in their marriage but still spending every waking moment with one another because they’re just that tight of friends.
This doesn’t sound like a mean movie, right? WRONG.
The actors, the directors, the writers all create these two undeniably likable people in an undeniably unlikable situation that they naturally force us to desire to see them work things out. But they refuse to cater to our specific desires. No matter how much we feel the film called for it.
IT’S A MEAN MEAN MOVIE.
Although Celeste & Jesse Forever has its flaws, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The strength of the film comes more from its dramatic moments than comedic ones. Samberg is surprisingly good and the story had much more depth than I expected. I was a bit disappointed that Samberg's character gets pushed to the side a bit in the second half when really it was his dramatic build up the pushed this the story forward. The second half of the film suffers a bit from being unbalanced but they do manage to pull it together for a solid ending.
In dieser kleinen, hübschen Indipendent-Romanze ist nichts so, wie es zunächst zu sein scheint. Wo typische Hollywood Rom-Coms den ganzen Film über brauchen, um sein Pärchen erst zueinander zu führen, ist dieser Umstand beim Einstieg in diesen Film bereits passé - schnell wird dem Zuschauer in einer kleinen Montage zu Beginn klar, dass Celeste und Jesse, unsere beiden Hauptprotagonisten, eine großartige Beziehung führen, die Chemie zwischen ihnen stimmt und einfach nur wunderbar zusammen wirken - das einzige Problem: sie sind bereits längst geschieden!
Ein Umstand, der in ihrem Umfeld auf großes Unverständnis stößt, da Ex-Mann und Ex-Frau immer noch im selben Ausmaß aufeinander hocken, alles miteinander teilen und diese Art der Seelenverwandschaft auch weiterhin gemeinsam genießen möchten. Dass ihr Bekanntenkreis…
+ Rashida Jones
- She could do better than all of them put together
A decent Romantic Comedy with an interesting twist, but it left me feeling a little frustrated, as Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg have such fantastic chemistry and are so funny together in the first half hour that it seems almost mean that the rest of the film concentrates on keeping them apart. I know that's essential to the plot, but it just feels like this film had one exceptional strength, and it throws it away a third of the way in. I don't give a shit about the yoga guy or the pop star, give me the hilarious double-act!
Another indie movie where the the characters are "lost" and "trying to figure it out" because they only look like adults but aren't really. It's not terrible and it's not great. There really aren't a lot if funny bits but you keep watching for the train wreck they put themselves through.
I went into this movie completely blind, as I had never even heard of it before, and I could not have been more pleasantly surprised; Celeste and Jesse Forever is a film about two childhood friends who get married, then promptly divorced. However, they still remain friends, which gets tricky as time goes on. The premise itself seems original, and the way it unfolds is even moreso; the film doesn't fall into any substantial romantic cliche really, which is hard when you're basically writing a pure romance. What this movie accomplished that's even harder is still leaving the viewer with a satisfied feeling at the end. No events happened simply to make the movie uncliched, everything flowed very naturally and…
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