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Celeste and Jesse Forever: Movie Review - Ladue News: Arts & Entertainment

Celeste and Jesse Forever: Movie Review

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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 3:37 pm

You can’t really call this movie a romantic comedy. Yes, it’s funny, and yes in a weird way it’s romantic, but it is anything but your average boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl-back rom-com. And that’s good and bad: good in that it demonstrates some originality, bad in that ultimately it’s a little unsatisfying.

Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are meant to be. They are the yin and yang of couples. They finish each other’s sentences, they support each other in their life choices, and just when we really start to get how well they mesh, lightning strikes. They are out to dinner with their best friends Tucker (Eric Christian Olsen) and Beth (Ari Graynor) and Beth snaps, informing us that Celeste and Jesse have been separated for six months and are divorcing, yet they spend every dysfunctional minute together like teenagers in love. In a desperate attempt to arouse her jealousy and win Celeste back, Jesse decides to start dating—and that’s when the trouble starts.

I liked the movie; I didn’t love it. Some of the roles are woefully miscast— I could never in a million years picture Beth and Tucker as a couple. Jones and Samberg are great together and the script is smart and funny—although there is more pot smoking than you would find backstage at a reggae concert. All in all, I would call this one a renter.

It's a 6.

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