Josh's Review of Celeste and Jesse Forever

  • 17 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    Celeste and Jesse Forever

    Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

    The movie isn't horrible as my rating would indicate, but it just did nothing for me; I feel unsatisfied with it. It's obviously trying to be a real-life take on the relationship of two people: no sugarcoating, just an honest view into the heartache that occurs during a breakup. It's just...I've seen it before. I feel like Celeste and Jesse Forever is just another entry into the genre. (My disappointment in this film is matched by my disappointment in the 5 Year Engagement with Jason Segel that came out last year) I feel the movie tried very hard to be unique and set it's self apart from the genre, but got lost. Honestly, the funniest moments were the best part; they are sprinkled throughout in a 1:6 ratio of comedy to drama. Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg are extremely likable when they are goofballs, but not for the other 70min when they are acting depressed. ALSO, at no time in the movie did I feel bad for Jones's character. Samberg's character felt like the victim from beginning to end. The movie didn't do a great job of supporting Jones's character for initiating the divorce. Samberg never felt like a lazy, unemployed, man-child they labeled him. Speaking of Samberg, I don't know if it's his acting, but his character goes from goofy (and awesome) in the first 20min completely dead-faced and seemingly emotionless for the rest of the movie. At least Jones's character was funny and showed spirit during the divorce. The director kind of just made the movie about Celeste and her emotional turmoil and threw in a sad, puppy dog-eyed Samberg every now and then.

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