Celeste and Jesse Forever

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Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are high school sweethearts who married young.  They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other’s sentences. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple.

“A breath of fresh comic air!  What really lifts Celeste and Jesse Forever above the rom-com herd, besides breakout star performances from Jones and Samberg, is the movie’s willingness to replace clichés with painful truths. It’s irresistible.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

But now, at the age of thirty, they find themselves at a crossroads. While Celeste is a success in business, Jesse is unemployed and adrift. Celeste thinks that if they divorce now they could still remain friends. Jesse passively accepts the decision even though he is still in love with her. As reality sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, but her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous.   Can their perfect relationship survive this not-so-minor setback? Director Lee Toland Krieger finds the perfect tone to tell a story that is at first familiar but then transitions into something quite unique and authentic, while Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have crafted a witty script filled with stinging insights, eccentric dialogue, and infectious humor. Buoyed by the palpable chemistry between stars Jones and Samberg , and a stellar supporting cast that includes Emma Roberts and Elijah Wood, Celeste and Jesse Forever is a delightful romp that examines the inner workings of marriage and its uncertain place in modern life. (Dir. by Lee Toland Krieger, 2012, USA, 92 mins., Rated R)