Celeste and Jesse Forever

2012

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Critics Consensus

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.

71%

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Total Count: 139

62%

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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 into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous... -- (C) Sony Classics

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  • May 17, 2014
    Not bad. Not one to watch over and over, but good for a one off watch.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2014
    Celeste(Rashida Jones, who also co-wrote the script with Will McCormack who plays a pot dealer) and Jesse(Andy Samberg) are the best of friends and hang out all the time. The fact that they are in the midst of a divorce makes this fact disturbing to their friends Beth(Ari Graynor) and Tucker(Eric Christian Olsen). What would be even more disturbing to Celeste is if she knew of Jesse's one night stand with Veronica(Rebecca Dayan) when they were still together. Surprisingly with its sit-com plot and comic actors in the lead, "Celeste and Jesse Forever" is glum and dour without being emotionally resonant in any meaningful way. While Andy Samberg's eyebrows betray him whenever he tries to be serious, Elijah Wood hits just the right note of bemusement. And then there is the large matter of a script that might have just worked after maybe another 50-60 drafts. So, maybe I should not complain that I still have no idea what exactly Celeste does for a living, especially considering I like the title of her book.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2013
    Started off beautifully, this endearing romantic comedy has enough funny moments as well as moments of truth to make it an enjoyable film to watch, which is defined by the realistic performance of Rashida Jones.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2013
    I've so much to say about "Celeste and Jesse Forever" yet there's nothing I can really put into words. Watch it.
    Chihoe H Super Reviewer

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