Sundance 2012 Review: CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER with Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg
Every year I've come to The Sundance Film Festival there's been a great and entertaining romantic film/comedy. This year I believe that film is Celeste and Jesse Forever, which stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samburg as a couple trying to figure out where their relationship is after they got married young and separated after 6 years. The story is unique in the fact that even after they separate, they still remain best friends who live together and hang out everyday. Of course things start to get complicated, and they are forced to deal with certain issues that pop up in their lives when they start to see other people.
I've been hearing mixed reviews from people up here at the festival about this movie, but I actually really enjoyed it. I thought is was both funny and heartfelt. The movie deals with issues that I think a lot of people can relate to. I think that one of the main things about the movie I liked is that I was able to connect with the story because I've gone through similar emotions and feelings that these characters were going through. I also felt like it offered up a little help and advice, giving us a point of view and perspective on life that we might not be able to see while living in the moment of what we are going through. It's not easy dealing with certain issues, but this shows that we can find humor in everything life has to throw at us. It's all about being happy in the end.
Both Jones and Samburg were fantastic in the film, and I enjoyed watching them play these characters. They both fit the roles so well, and even though they are known for their comedy, they did a fine job mixing in their style of humor with their dramatic performances. The film was co-written by Jones and Will McCormack, and wonderfully directed by Lee Toland Kriger (The Vicious Kind). It also stars Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts, Eric Christian Olsen, and Ari Graynor.
I'm not sure how big of a release this movie will get, but in my opinion Celeste and Jesse Forever was a fantistic and heartfelt humorous film that you're sure to enjoy. I hope you take the time to watch it when it eventually gets released.
Here's the Synopsis for the film:
Celeste and Jesse met in high school and got 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—she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding novelist; he, a free spirit who keeps things from getting boring. Their only problem is that they have decided to get divorced. Can their perfect relationship withstand this minor setback?