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?
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This is a classic scenario of "having your cake and eating it too"; "Celeste" and "Jesse" have loved, been in love, their entire lives; they interpret each others thoughts, mimic foreign accents with perfect pitch; are the closest of comrades, play blissfully together; separated after six years of marriage. A troubling enigma is we never know why.
Celeste (Rashida Jones, co-writer) is bright, controlling, a thriving "trend forecaster"; Jesse (Andy Samberg) aimless, loveable, manipulated, withering in Celeste's successful shadow, minimally productive, dwelling in Celeste’s guest house.
Celeste is blindly cavalier and completely blind-sided when a younger, attractive version of herself "Veronica" (Rebecca Dayan) enters the amorous arena; the film flounders in the acceptance process; Celeste’s self –esteem is lacerated; she fumbles and flagellates in a maze of booze and drugs, questioning, pondering, wallowing in wounded myopic self-centered pity; her self-righteousness, infallibility felled, no longer the mainstay of her psyche; she is human and bleeds.
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" succeeds in avoiding the predictable pitfalls of many romantic comedies; we are served a realistic, messy (not syrupy) taste of truth; the characters are incorrigible, still in the jejune, embryonic phases of their personal and professional lives; would love to visit them, in ten years time, after life’s vicissitudes, blessings have honed them to maturity; discover what residue of youth, ambition, desire lurks behind their ageing, graying personas.