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…
Review In A Nutshell:
It always becomes more difficult when established friendships are involved, once it is taken to a deeper level, the risks become greater but the rewards are also more glorious. I think most of us would want to be romantically linked with our best friends as much of the games and rituals that has to be endured at the start of a unfamiliar relationship could be skipped, we can present ourselves in our skin with confidence and comfort; there is anticipation and preparedness in the compromises and arguments, bypassing all of the unnecessary roads that becomes accidentally travelled. As I have said, the risks are also greater which leads to deeper pain and grief, which many of…
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 just can't believe that this movie is less popular than let's say, Blue Valentine. Well, indeed, Celeste & Jesse Forever goes more subtly yet less provocative enough than the one starred Ryan Gosling. Still, it was not the same as the other cheap rom-coms we used to watch. Following the best performance from the leads, Celeste & Jesse Forever managed to mix our emotions, giving a good laugh and heartbreak at the same time.
For the most part, I enjoyed it more than the rating would suggest; Jones in particularly is extremely likeable. Unfortunately, it keeps getting sabotaged by Jones' ridiculous only-in-the-movies job that adds nothing to the story and keeps detracting from the warm, lived-in realism of the central relationship. As it stands, the relationship seems real; the two people involved in said relationship seem less so.
this movie is depressing af why do i keep watching it
We live in a world where good films are slowly but surely becoming rare. The three biggest disappointments this year being Rock Of Ages, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, and Prometheus. Emphasis on the latter. What we have been constantly resorting to are sequels, prequels, remakes, reimaginings, etc.
Today’s film however, took a couple of steps to go above and beyond. What it looks like is a romantic comedy. What it actually is turns out to be a dark comedy with certain twists pertaining to romantic comedies. Written, produced and starring Rashida Jones, this is Celeste & Jesse Forever.
Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) have been best friends since they were kids and now live together in LA, happily…
Simple, honest little film.
This is Flipped (2010) with more mature characters and fantastic acting.
However, my problem with this film is how the story is carried. The simplistic story is the kind you'd better hear from close friends about close friends as well. The way it is translated to film is not very engaging with its one-dimensional visuals (save for a few anachronistic dramatical scenes) and flat flow.
Totally miscast Jake Peralta.
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