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Rated R · 89 min. · 2012

Comedy, Drama

The "Jesse" in the equation of this film is a late-sleeping late bloomer, but as played by Andy Samberg, he has just enough talent and charisma that we can believe the hard charging but vulnerable Celeste might have married him. Gratifyingly, though, it is the "Celeste" half of the title who is the focus of this Los Angeles story. She's a fuzzy combination of trend forecaster, marketing executive and author of a rant against contemporary culture called Shitegeist. It may be two occupations too many, but as played by the extremely appealing Rashida Jones, who also co-wrote the script with Will McCormack, we're perfectly happy in her presence. While the milieu of creatively classy thirtysomethings in love isn't groundbreaking, there's a nice twist: The title characters are already married at the beginning of the film, but are in an amicable state of separation, with neither one in a hurry to get divorced. It's an interesting emotional place the movie puts us in—it's obvious they adore each other, but something has gone wrong, and they know it. The film depicts the process of them making a necessary evolution in their lives. In a certain sense, the scenario is reminiscent of the old screwball comedies, which philosopher Stanley Cavell astutely identified as the "comedy of remarriage."

See our full review: Rashida Jones sparkles in <i>Celeste and Jesse</i>

Rashida Jones sparkles in Celeste and Jesse

If you're not sure you're ready for another movie about attractive 30-ish people with creative-classy jobs and relationship angst, you may be inclined to steer clear of Celeste and Jesse Forever. »

Official Site: sonyclassics.com/celesteandjesseforever
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Writer: Rashida Jones and Will McCormack
Producer: Jennifer Todd and Suzanne Todd
Cast: Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen, Emma Roberts, Chris D'Elia, Sarah Wright, Chris Messina and Janel Parrish


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