Saturday, January 28, 2012

Celeste & Jesse Forever

Celeste & Jesse Forever
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg

Co-written by Rashida Jones and co-star Will McCormack, Celeste & Jesse Forever is one of the more lighthearted films at Sundance 2012. It's about Celeste (Jones) and Jesse (Samberg), a separated married couple that still act as if they're together. They hang out all the time, joking around and doing normal couple things as if nothing's wrong, much to the chagrin of all their friends. They're both clearly not over each other, but through a series of other relationships, the movie reveals the true relationship between these characters and what role they will ultimately play in each other's lives. There's a similarity to (500) Days of Summer, from the Los Angeles setting, to the way the leads act together, to a sequence involving furniture from Ikea. Small roles for Emma Roberts, Ari Graynor, Eric Christen Olsen, and Rich Sommer are highlights.

Featuring infectious performances by Jones and Samberg, a sometimes-heartbreaking script, and a catchy soundtrack, Celeste & Jesse Forever is a mainstream success waiting to happen.

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