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Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 91 | Rotten: 39

While it doesn't subvert the genre as incisively as it thinks it does, Celeste and Jesse Forever is a shrewd rom-com that benefits from its likable cast and trumpets the arrival of Rashida Jones as a bona fide big screen talent.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 13

While it doesn't subvert the genre as incisively as it thinks it does, Celeste and Jesse Forever is a shrewd rom-com that benefits from its likable cast and trumpets the arrival of Rashida Jones as a bona fide big screen talent.



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Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do -- she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition


Drama, Comedy

Rashida Jones

Feb 5, 2013


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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (39) | DVD (3)

This potentially aggravating comedy remains sweet, smart and very enjoyable.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The give and take here feels completely real, and each character is likable while also flawed and vulnerable.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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To its credit, "Celeste and Jesse Forever" wants to be more than a formulaic farce. It succeeds to the extent that the neighbors keep up with Jones.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A different kind of romantic comedy: one that starts at the end and tries to make sense of itself.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Tries to blend chick flick staples with bro humor but never quite gets the mix right.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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It's supposed to exemplify witty, edgy, indie comedy. But "Celeste and Jesse Forever" turns out to be a formula movie ...

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Its bittersweet conclusion hits you square in the gut.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Thematic murkiness aside, the film achieves a mostly successful mix of mainstream and indie sensibilities.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source:

Rashida Jones' first lead feature role is a likeable enough effort to step out from the tube...

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source:

[A] charming, lightweight comedy ...

December 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The film bears a kinship with the underrated 2006 film The Break-Up; both are, for lack of a better term, post-romantic comedies by exploring the largely virgin territory of what happens long after the meet-cute, when life takes hold and love goes sour.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

The film shows its toothless nature when it refuses to properly eviscerate Emma Roberts's silly tweenie pop star. But there are worse crimes than being just a little bit too nice.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

With its refusal to follow the usual romantic-comedy formula, this snappy and observant movie is a nice surprise.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source:

Aside from the premise of two people who can't seem to separate, the storyline is nearly non-existent. All in all, rather annoying.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Charming and not without its moments, but far too conventional to capture the complexity it strives for.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

There are some nice moments, but it's unbearably self-conscious and nowhere does it resemble real life.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

The leads are engaging enough but it's too inconsequential to make you care.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

There is quiet, seditious verve to the way expectations are derailed and then re-railed, just as in those areas of real life that still exist even outside the expanding Sundance empire of middlebrow observationalism.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

That title doesn't lie: the romantic comedy Celeste & Jesse Forever really does feel like Celeste and Jesse, forever.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Engaging, sharply observed and refreshingly cliché-averse relationship comedy-drama with a strong script and superb central performances ...

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

All the wry banter and gentle soul-searching in the world can't save the audience from drifting into apathy.

December 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A flawed but intriguing take on a well-worn genre.

December 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

This is an enjoyable and breezy enough watch thanks to its appealing lead duo.

December 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

There are some funny moments and some sharp lines but it's the chemistry between the two likeable leads that makes this so undeniably sweet.

December 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

It's not a bad set-up, but the film lets everyone talk a lot without ever having much to say.

December 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A low-fi indie that swiftly slums into terminal feyness.

December 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Celeste and Jesse Forever

There are very few romantic dramedies that grab my attention, even though I love that genre. There are just not that many great films that come from it. Again, it's not the best in it's genre, but "Celeste and Jesse Forever" is an enjoyable enough movie, due to it's performances by Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones. They are great together and for once, Andy Samberg was not annoying in any way. I really liked their chemistry and where the story took them, whether it be apart or together by the end, that really didn't matter to me, because the film played out very naturally. It is well-written and has a very sweet sentimental tone under it. I am a huge fan of indie films, mainly because that is where the creative minds are these days. There is a great movie in here somewhere for sure, but I feel like there was a bit of wasted potential and the movie has too broad of an ending for my liking. Overall, I really enjoyed it, but many things bugged me.
June 16, 2014
KJ Proulx

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Not bad. Not one to watch over and over, but good for a one off watch.
May 17, 2014

Super Reviewer

Wanted to really like this, but the longer I sat through it, the more I wondered why the audience is supposed to care about, and invest the time in, this couple's story. I didn't find it funny, or sweet. I found this script weak. Not a terrible movie, just nothing that I would recommend to anyone.
November 19, 2013

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    1. Paul: No one has ever given a more self-righteous, monolog wearing a trash bag.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
    1. Celeste: Riley Banks...I don't understand. She's like a vagina and a hairdo.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
    1. Celeste: The more we consume crap, the more we want crap.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
    1. Skillz: If you ever need like someone to be with you and hold you and caress you, I think I could be that guy.
    2. Celeste: No.
    3. Skillz: Good, good.
    – Submitted by Kara L (2 years ago)
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