Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones as Celeste and Jesse
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind), written and produced by the female lead, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, and starring comedian and actor Andy Samberg, Celeste and Jesse is a refreshing and mature comedy that has more to offer than the some what juvenile title suggests. The film is about relationships and follows the story of the title characters’ marriage breakdown and the consequences that unfold as a result.
Released in 2012, this film really is a delightful surprise. The story is never boring, predictable or clichéd. The dialogue is fantastically written, genuinely funny and insightful and the performances by all the cast are subtle, heartfelt and moving. Samberg and Jones have a brilliant chemistry and the film doesn’t patronise with trite or sugary sentiments. Samberg alone is brilliant and gives us a glimpse at the potential he has as a dramatic actor.
Celeste and Jesse Forever is a pallet cleanser for the numerous sub-par and emotionally removed rom-coms, such as This Means War’s, that have all too frequently found commercial success. This film isn’t a typical, join the dots, romantic comedy, it has a sophistication and a respect for the audience that is unfortunately rare within the genre.