Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse are best friends, still. Now six months into our marital separation, Jesse (Adam Samberg) still lives in the guest house behind the place he and Celeste used to call home as a married couple. Celeste, a focused, organized and control freak trend-forecaster, stands by her decision to spilt up since Jesse is the classic procrastinating, underachieving, unambitious artist - aka, not the guy she wants to have kids with. Jesse, meanwhile, harbors a secret belief that they might actually get back together. Why? He knows Celeste is still in love with him.
Engaged friends Beth & Tucker (Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen) neither understands nor approve of Celeste and Jesse’s un-couplehood. Celeste’s boss (Elijah Wood) and Jesse’s buddy and resident dope dealer Skillz (Will McCormack) are the model confidantes for their respective mate, providing the best advise possible for guys who don’t date. To the frustration of all casual observers, they are not acting at all like two people who are planning on getting a divorce, despite the fact that everyone knows if it clearly over between them. Until…
A drunken night of convenient sex leads to an emotionally harsh morning after for Jesse where Celeste claims she made a mistake. Soon after, Jesse meets up with Veronica, a fling from a few months back, who informs him that he’s going to be a dad.
Sudden, Jesse has decided to get his act together. He matures and begins to act responsibly, much to Celeste’s chagrin. The man Celeste thought Jesse would never be, begins to manifest before her eyes, but for another woman. As a result, Celeste begins to question if she made a mistake divorcing Jesse, and is it too late to get him back?
Celeste and Jesse Forever is a cute film. It hits all the obligatory notes of a romantic comedy these days. The writing is clever and the characters are funny and flawed and sympathetic. However for me, I never forgot I was watching a movie. I kept waiting for the film to go in the other direction of my expectation, and it didn’t.
Not bad, but not special. Just one girl’s opinion.
Celeste and Jesse Forever is an official selection of the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, happening at Regal Theatres LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. The film opens in limited release August 3, 2012.