Celeste and Jesse Forever is an upcoming romantic comedy film directed by Lee Toland Krieger and written by Rashida Jones. In this film Celeste, played by Rashida Jones (writer) and Jesse (played by Andy Samberg) embarks on a journey together. The couple met in high school, got married at an early age and are starting to grow apart. Now, at thirty Celeste is doing well in her own media consulting firm while Jesse is unemployed and seems to be in no rush to make something happen in his life. Celeste is at a point in her life where she is perusing the idea of divorcing Jesse since they are in different pages in their life. Jesse accepts this decision even though he is still in love with her. This brings Celeste in a whole new realization and their lives will once again rediscover their true paths. Celeste and Jesse was first reviewed for the Sundance Film Festival and was given great ratings. Let’s take a look at an early review fort his upcoming film:
“Early Review For Celeste and Jesse Forever
PARK CITY — A likable and bittersweet relationship film that doesn’t telegraph its intentions, Celeste and Jesse Forever borrows tropes from the rom-com playbook and has enough laughs to be mistaken for one but ultimately doesn’t want to be pigeonholed. Though not outrageous or star-powered enough to set the box office ablaze, it could connect with viewers who don’t walk in expecting an extension of co-star Andy Samberg’s Saturday Night Live antics.
Fans of Rashida Jones on Parks and Recreation, though, will find themselves on more familiar ground: Jones’ Celeste, like her character there, is a highly competent professional who can’t see straight in relationships. Having been married a few years to her longtime best friend Jesse (Samberg), she asks for a divorce after growing impatient with his lack of ambition. The two separate but continue to spend all their time together.
This comfy setup can’t last, and when friends convince Jesse to start dating, Celeste predictably takes it badly. Instead of setting Celeste on a familiar, Awful Truth-style sabotage campaign, though, the script (which Jones wrote with Will McCormack) becomes an uncomfortable journey of self-discovery for the character, who starts lousing up even the parts of her life she normally handles well.
Jones is great in the part, even if this movie doesn’t quite prove she should be carrying films on her own, and the actress makes her character’s clumsy heartache feel like more than a plot point. Other story elements are less believable, like a subplot involving a sleazy young pop star (Emma Roberts), whose career and personal life suddenly intersect with Celeste’s, but director Lee Toland Kriegerkeeps things light enough that a touch of implausibility won’t bother many viewers.
Samberg is highly sympathetic, playing things much straighter than usual; if he and Jones don’t have much chemistry that’s only to the benefit of the friends-not-lovers theme.”
The original article can be read at The Hollywood Reporter
Celeste and Jesse Forever will be in theatres on August 3rd 2012.
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