Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012) | Movie Review
Release date: August 24, 2012
Runtime: 1 hr. 32 min.
MPAA rating: R
Celeste and Jesse seem like the perfect couple: they are best friends who laugh at the same jokes, finish each other's sentences and spend as much time as they can together. They have also been separated for six months and planning to get a divorce. Turns out the successful businesswoman Celeste is tired of waiting for Jesse to grow up and become a man who is ready to take care of a family. The film follows the couple's journey of self discovery, fluctuating between comedy and drama. Will the amazing friendship bring the two back together or will they part ways and embark on separate life journeys?
The acting is excellent. Rashida Jones is adorable in her hopeless denial, while seeing Andy Samberg successfully take on a role more dramatic that usual is very refreshing. Supporting characters did not disappoint either: Elijah Wood is particularly brilliant as Celeste's gay business partner (to be honest, he was probably my favorite part of the movie.) The entire cast has undeniable chemistry, making it easy for the audience to connect with and understand all of the relationships.
The film made me wonder how much of it was scripted and how much was improvised. The dialogue was witty and honest, but at the same time very relaxed. It was actually almost too relaxed: at least to me some scenes seemed a bit drawn out and the film as a whole definitely felt longer than an hour and a half. This is probably the only negative I have to say about it. Some "cute couple" interactions between Celeste and Jesse were a little awkward, but I expected that from an independent movie. The good thing was that it really didn't have that "and now here's a scene where everything is like real life, but very indie style," and yet still retained the non-mainstream feel to it.
Overall I would say Celeste & Jesse Forever is an enjoyable dramedy (yep, I just said dramedy) if you're looking for something short and on the lighter side of things. It's not something I would buy and watch again, but it was definitely a good way to spend a rainy afternoon.