Written by: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg and Elijah Wood
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3/5
This breakaway story asks the question “do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?” Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) have been best friends since 5th grade. They also really love each other. That’s why their friends think it’s “weird” that they’re getting divorced after ten years of marriage; and are also asking them why they are still hanging out together all the time?
Celeste (played by the talented Rashida Jones) is judgmental and controlling. She is no longer interested in men who don’t have “a checking account or dress shoes.” Despite her air of superiority we still care about her, as it is obvious how misguided she is, and we assume that it will only be a matter of time before she wakes up to herself! The question is whether she will appreciate what she has before it’s too late?
Andy Samberg is charming as Jesse and you guessed it, he’s not a ‘dress shoes’ kind of guy. He accepts Celeste unconditionally and part of him likes that when he is with her, decision-making is taken out of his hands. He does some ‘growing up’ in the film, as imposed by an interesting turn of events. The same events also lead to the unraveling of Celeste.
Scott (Elijah Wood) is Celeste’s boss, who as the story progresses, suggests that she “may actually (manage to) simulate human emotion.” He has an appealing screen presence but the quips he makes about his own sexuality seem out of place. There are a number of funny scenes that don’t always come off, but are quite good when they do.
The movie has a youthful rawness to it and I felt as though I was getting an intimate look into the sub-culture to which Celeste belongs. Will McCormack plays Skillz, a small time drug dealer, and one of the couple’s closest friends. Marijuana use works well to indicate Celeste’s demise, along with an increase in her drinking. However, I did wonder how essential it was to the story.
Celeste & Jesse Forever is co-written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack and the film portrays both sexes with realism. The writing’s appeal lies in its depiction of a strong female lead character and an ending that departs from the typical expectations of the genre. Jones and McCormack also explore whether there really is only one potential partner for everyone, as many movies would have you believe; and how sometimes if you are no longer able to change the situation you may have to consider changing yourself.
A film about respecting and fighting for the love you have, and never taking it for granted. Celeste & Jesse Forever, in cinemas now!
Category: Film & TV