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.
Among all films released since the beginning of 2012, this one still ranks very high on my personal "rewatch value" list.
It remains as funny, charming, and endearing on my fourth viewing.
Could it have something to do with my permanent crush on Rashida Jones?
This was completely lame-o. It's written and produced by star Rashida Jones, and in avoiding stereotypes it also evades anything meaningful. The titular Celeste tries to be right about everything which manifests itself through her treatment of people lining up in cafés... that's about as much character growth we get. Why the movie has both character names in the title is beyond me - this movie is all about the Celeste character. The whole feels like Jones calling in favours.
Un reparto al que no le puedo decir que no. Película independiente que depende del espectador si le llega a tocar o no. Las bandas sonoras de estas películas siempre son impecables.
Got boredand and quit watching.
Watchable rom-com about a couple getting a divorce. Has some funny and touching moments with a decent soundtrack behind it.
Do people really live their lives like they do in romantic comedies? Because it just seems exhausting.
Great first act, but then when it stops being a duel-lead movie it really falters with really boring characterization and a world that becomes obsessed with a flat character.
However, it does get credit for making me laugh really hard when the random aside, "Do you think the Obamas really love each other?"
I really wanted to like this film but about halfway through I began to fidget trying to pay attention. I gave it the benefit of the doubt even with the concept being about two best friends in love trying to stay best friends after splitting but it fell flat. All the characters were like-able enough but eh. It wasn't as bad as some reviews made it out to be, but I did have to force myself to finish this one.
I read that Rashida Jone's based some of the scenes off of her dating experiences, if the scene with the dude on top of her working himself was from real life then shit I hope she socked him in the nuts! Hahaha
that was cringe-worthy.
Good shit, definitely did not expect so much heft.
I liked the honesty of this film; it didn't try to tie up the narrative - i.e., the relationship - in a pretty bow at the end.
Instead, it showed the real pain of bad choices, of mistakes, of trying to make things better even when you know you've screwed up. That's respectable imo.
I do think it could've used a slightly better edit, and maybe the main relationships of the film could've been fleshed out a little further.
But it's a good movie overall.
Much better than the reviews led me to believe. Touching, with the right amount of realistic.