As you might have already extrapolated from previous posts, we are NBC devotees. Yes, we recognize that our eisre for a network to succeed is not actually rational. But nevertheless, we sense the spirit at NBC and by association love its many talented actors and actresses–particularly those in comedies.
So obviously, we were super pumped when we saw that Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) were starring in a movie together! Better yet, we saw the trailer and were genuinely excited to see Celeste and Jesse Forever. Rom-coms are obviously our jam, especially when they are written by women! Yes, Rashida Jones actually co-wrote Celeste and Jesse Forever, allowing us to hope that the movie would at the least have more three-dimensional characters than in your average rom-com.
On that front, our hopes were not disappointed in the least. All of the characters felt fully fleshed-out and like people that you could meet in your everyday life. We especially loved Elijah Wood as Celeste’s best gay friend who tries and fails to be sassy. Even when we were frustrated with Jesse and/or Celeste, we were rarely asking “Why would they do that??”
We were pleasantly surprised by the direction that the movie took–one that we hadn’t anticipated from watching the trailers. The setup for Celeste and Jesse is that Celeste and Jesse got married very young, grew apart, and decided to divorce but remain best friends. While we found that a super interesting dynamic to explore, we weren’t sure it could carry an entire movie. Don’t worry–it isn’t asked to. As much as anything, the movie is really about Celeste and Jesse each finding their paths to actually growing up.
Celeste and Jesse Forever was both adorable and hilarious–as well as making us cry at one point. Go support women in filmmaking and see this movie–and spend time with the delightful Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg. It’s a win-win situation, people!
- Celeste and Jesse Forever (Lee Toland Krieger; 2012) (themastershot.wordpress.com)
- Celeste & Jesse Forever Forever: A Review by Meg (persephonemagazine.com)