‘Celeste & Jesse Forever’ (2012)


076Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Simple and Real

What would you say would happen when a number of comedians join together to film a movie? Clearly, you may automatically assume it would be to film something comical. However, it is often the other way around, these comedic film and television stars repeatedly star in more dramatic roles. The same can be said for “Celeste & Jesse Forever”, a movie about best friends getting a divorce.

Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) have known each other for several years and consider themselves to be the best of friends. They dated and were married for six years. As life throws its twists and turns, these two found themselves at the edge of divorce, which is where our story begins. While they are in fact separated and are planning to sign the papers for good, they remain the best of friends. This friendship is very strange to their best friends, but they see it as normal. When they begin seeing other people, which is when reality strikes. Jesse ends up finding out he will soon have a baby with another girl, which sends Celeste into a frenzy.

There is a very real aspect to this film when it comes to relationships in general after the two have broken up. Often times, two exes can remain friends if they typically continue to both stay single. Once the other begins dating, you automatically are sent into that mindset of wanting what you cannot have. You ask yourself what have you done? Did I make the right choice? These questions plague your mind until you feel as if you are going to break. Somehow this movie conveyed that pretty well. Not only that, but there was also the aspect of wanting each other at the wrong intervals, as destiny seems to hate you. This can go back and forth for years. The movie really did maintain a level of realism even though it felt predictable.

It felt predictable because most of the time you can see this as an independent romantic comedy. Rashida Jones can be seen in “Parks and Recreation” and Andy Samberg used to be a regular on “Saturday Night Live” for a while. There were other actors, of course, that have been seen in comedy, but as mentioned above, this was more dramatic than anything else. These actors were able to bring that level of awkward humor and playful humor along with them for the movie, but when it dived into what mattered, they surprisingly got the job done. In the gist of things, these actors were actually pretty great at playing these dramatic roles.

It really doesn’t come as a surprise for comedic actors to be able to play roles like these. If you think about it, comedic actors have to maintain a good level of chemistry all of the time with other actors, or their television show won’t do so well in ratings. Jones and Samberg were perfect to play a couple because they have a lot in common, and they are both great at maintaining chemistry with the other actors.

Even though it does feel like the typical romantic comedy, the realism may throw you off. In real life, there isn’t always a happy ending, or life doesn’t always go the way you want. If you watch the film, you may realize just how much you won’t be able to predict the ending; anything can happen.

All in all, the movie looks professional, had smart writing (although a bit cliché), was funny in the right parts, dramatic in the right parts, and you feel that these characters were real. It isn’t the best movie when it comes to comedy or romance, but it is a nice movie, and it might be helpful to those in similar situations as the two in the movie. Check out “Celeste & Jesse Forever” when it comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on Feb. 5!

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