Celeste (Rashida Jones) is a successful marketer of the stars. Though her business is in dire straits and needs a jumpstart, Celeste is successful in her own right. Six months removed from a trial separation from her husband Jesse (Andy Samberg), Celeste is ambiguous about moving on from their marriage. Clearly she loves Jesse as a person and feels most comfortable when around him. Their attraction is magnetic. Written by an obviously conflicted Rashida Jones, Celeste wants to meet her equal; someone successful and ambitious, but otherwise identical to her current husband. No relationship is perfect and time served together is meaningful. Jones has her finger on the pulse of modern romance. She seems to understand the fragility of relationships and knows how painful it can be to break up with one's partner even if a relationship is broken.
Jesse lives in her garage and is a pretend artist. He is a lifelong slacker without a thought in the world about earning a living. At one point during their break up he slept with another woman. As the cruel irony of life would have it, she is pregnant. Their friends are conflicted and weirded out by their antics and drama, but they support Jesse and Celeste all the same. Celeste is actually willing to stay with Jesse while he sorts out his affairs with the other woman but he instead decides to be there for his new lover. While they both search for happiness in the arms of someone else, Celeste and Jesse are drawn to one another. Their level of comfort and intimacy and their overall world views are on the same wavelength. Their friendship might never be reproduced and they could well be lonely forever without it.
The reason why Celeste and Jesse Forever is enjoyable is because it is a polarizing movie. Men will believe that they belong together despite Jesse's idiosyncrasies and absurd love affair. Women will want Celeste to throw his ass out on the curb and never look back. Rashida Jones knows how to rile up a crowd. Couples would do well to avoid this film and thus prevent an argument or ten. You can all look up Celeste and Jesse Forever showtimes here at Screen Spotlight, just click showtimes and type in your zip code. Two kisses up folks!
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