August 9, 2012
R; 1:31 running time
Set in a universe of restless narcissists ¿ meaning LA ¿ the movie written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack and directed by Lee Toland Krieger opens with a montage of how Celeste (played by Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) meet, date, marry and then split. Already? Usually this sort of montage fades out before the "directed by" credit hits the screen, at the "marry" part.
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" is different, enough to distinguish itself from a lot of other small-scale relationship films. Its characters, post-split, are trying to remain friends, because it's easy and comfortable, too much so. Jones and McCormack write about bright, quippy people who are simpatico in their senses of humor but stuck in a kind of post-adolescent rut. -- Michael Phillips
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