Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 Classicsmore
Rating: R (for language, sexual content and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Will McCormack, Rashida Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2013
Box Office: $3.1M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Rebecca Dayan
as Veronica
Rob Huebel
as Business Man
Shira Lazar
as Herself
Kate Krieger
as Yogurt Girl
Andreas Beckett
as German Announcer
Janel Parrish
as Savannah
Jessica Joffe
as Saleswoman
Chris Pine
as Mystery Buddy
Zoe Hall
as Waitress
Lenny Jacobson
as Peter Pan
Chris D'Elia
as Snow White
Lauren Sanchez
as News Reporter
Ashley Dowling
as Bartender
Sarah Wright
as Bridesmaid
Joel Michaely
as Gay Man #1
Philip Pavel
as Gay Man #2
Louisa Kendrick
as Celeste's Lawyer
Jason Antoon
as Young Man
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Critic Reviews for Celeste and Jesse Forever

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (42)

Its bittersweet conclusion hits you square in the gut.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review… | January 22, 2013

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

Full Review… | January 7, 2013

[A] charming, lightweight comedy ...

Full Review… | December 9, 2012
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.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012

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.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Irish Times

Audience Reviews for Celeste and Jesse Forever

An enjoyable rom-com that finds itself smarter and more insightful than it really is, but still it benefits from a great chemistry between the adorable leads - and Jones proves that she is quite talented enough to carry a film on her shoulders.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


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

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Celeste and Jesse Forever Quotes

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

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