I have a weakness for movies that cause me to have a visceral, emotional reaction. I also have a weakness for “romantic comedies” that aren’t all that romantic — or comical. Instead, they’re simply realistic portrayals of every day relationships. Think ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ (minus the sci-fi element of it all, obvi) or ‘(500) Days of Summer.’
That’s what ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever’ was, and that’s precisely why I adored it.
After waiting forever for this movie to get a wide release (big ups to you, Raleigh #sarcasm), I took my high expectations to see it. I’m already a huge fan of Rashida Jones (girl crush) and Andy Samberg (boy crush), and knowing that she wrote it, I just knew it would be good. Well, it was better. Maybe it’s the fact that it did all feel so real, but I could not stop thinking about it for the rest of the night.
Essentially, Celeste (Rashida) and Jesse (Samberg) are a divorced couple who have stayed close friends only to realize that they’re forced to come to an end — no matter how much they love each other or how familiar they are. Sure, there are raunchy laughs and crude jokes — c’mon, it’s Andy of ‘Jizz in My Pants’ fame — but the movie also has heart because it comes from the common, basic human experience of navigating relationships (in simplistic terms - yeah, I related… and I cried, haha). Rashida actually co-wrote the script with Will McCormack, who played Skillz in the movie and also happens to be her real-life ex.
There are parts of the movie that seem like regurgitations of a formula, but I think the cast is what sets it apart from any other “indie rom-com.” Andy was slighty awkward in his first semi-dramatic role, but it fit so well with his character that you hardly noticed because it was endearing. I actually look forward to seeing him take on more dramatic parts. Rashida, on the other hand, plays the hard-ass career woman who’s determined to always be right, and it ends up biting her in the ass because she was right about their relationship all along. She balances the humor and the raw emotion so well and the two of them have great chemistry, so it all just worked.
Not to mention this movie has a sick soundtrack. Must download immediately.
So, rant over. I loved it, blah blah blah. Kudos to you, Rashida.