Celeste and Jesse Forever
While it’s a tad egotistical to write, executive produce, and star in your own film, Rashida Jones blows away all notions that rom-coms are generic pieces of fluff. Jones, she of the bit TV and movie parts, shows plenty of comedic and acting chops in the much to like "Celeste and Jesse Forever."
In a part actresses with far more experience would kill for, Jones is Celeste, a bored 30 year-old music executive married to her high school sweetheart Jesse (Andy Samberg). As the film starts, they’ve already split up but remain friends, much to the chagrin of their best buddies.
Celeste has the upper hand: she’s successful and intelligent. Jesse is a slacker and non goal-oriented. In a rare case of one-upmanship, Jesse starts dating another woman and Celeste starts to compete with him and questions whether their breakup is the right idea.
The plot sounds schmaltzy enough, yet it’s the comedic timing of Jones and Samberg that makes "Celeste and Jesse Forever" a winner. Subplots featuring Emma Roberts as a bratty music star and Elijah Wood as Celeste’s gay boss aid in the success of this film.
Two separate audio commentaries with Rashida Jones are on the Blu-ray; one features her co-star Samberg and the other is done with co-writer/star Will McCormack and director Lee Toland Krieger. The Making of "Celeste and Jesse Forever" is typical Blu-ray fodder, as are the deleted scenes. "On the Red Carpet: Premiere Q&A" is brief and to the point.
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" was selected at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, as well as nominated for Best First Screenplay at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
"Celeste and Jesse Forever"