Movie Review: Celeste and Jesse Forever

I find it very impressive when a movie can draw out emotion at times when it’s not obvious. Movie where I wake up the next morning still thinking about the storyline, concepts, and amazing acting. I am also impressed by a rom-com that’s not the typical boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy struggles to obtain girl, girl realizes she’s been an idiot, boy marries girl. For me, Celeste and Jesse Forever was the perfect movie; a movie I will be adding to my dated DVD collection (yes, even in the age of Netflix, HBOGo, Hulu, etc. I will purchase this movie).

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Celeste, played by Rashida Jones, and Jesse, played by Andy Samberg, are a separated couple trying to maintain their friendship, which at first seems to be working, until things get sticky and Jesse has other obligations (I just decided I’m not going to tell you too much about this movie because you really need to see it, and I don’t want to ruin anything for you). These obligations slowly break Celeste down to realize that the divorce she asked for was not only Jesse’s immaturity and lack of focus, but her inability to be patient and to work at the relationship.

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You’re probably sitting there, wondering how a movie like this could affect someone like me – 25 year old female, single, never married, no kids, parents still married, etc. But I had an emotional reaction like none other because it was so realistic. I felt everything Celeste felt. When she cried, I cried. When she was frustrated, I was right there with her. When she was going over the edge, I said to myself (and roommate who was watching this with me and experiencing the same roller coaster of emotions) that I would have reacted the exact way. The rawness, the relate-ability to these characters made this movie so amazing.

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Before I give you a rating, take into account that I tend to not take “actors” born into the industry seriously (Rashida Jones’ parents are Quincy Jones (musician, media mogul, producer) and Peggy Lipton (actress from The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks)). I find that they feel as if they are entitled to certain roles, and I feel they never really prove themselves as actors. With that being said, what would I rate this movie? I give it five out of five starts. I’m not kidding, this movie was so good, and I want to watch it again to see if I missed anything. Did I mention that Jones co-wrote this movie. I will NEVER question her abilities ever again; she is a star.

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The moral of the story, essentially, is that it’s a jungle out there, and you need to work at everything you do; whether it be a job, maintaining a household, and most importantly, relationships. Relationships are not easy, but they’re not supposed to be. The work you put into them is what makes them so amazing.

 

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