Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

Filed under : comedy, review, romantic

Every now and then, I get in the mood to see a fun and quirky romantic comedy. So, this time around I accidentally stumbled upon this one — I’m glad I did.

At its heart, this movie is about regrets and letting go of the past and moving on to the future. Let’s face it — we’ve all done things that we’ve regretted. And, in doing so — we wish we could change the past thus altering the future.

But, we can’t. And, learning how to deal with the choices (and perhaps the mistakes) we have made is what makes life interesting.

In the story, Celeste (played by Rashida Jones) begins to wonder if she made the wrong decision in splitting up with her former husband, Jesse (played by Andy Samberg).

On the surface, it seems like all is well with Celeste and Jesse. Despite their break-up, they still seem inseparable. In fact, they still consider each other as best friends.

However, like the saying goes “All good things must come to an end.” And, “an end” it did when Jesse meets another and confides in Celeste of his new found relationship.

On the outside, Celeste brushes it off as “no big deal.” But, on the inside — she is in agony wondering if she made the right decision.

Even more so, she questions whether Jesse made the right decision in starting a new found relationship with someone other than her. And, this is where the conflict arises.

This is a film that starts out very funny and lighthearted. Though, as the movie progresses — it begins to take more of a dramatic and emotional toll. I found Rashida Jones‘ performance entertaining at times with her light and witty jokes but also very honest and humble as the drama ensued.

What I enjoyed about the film were the ups and downs — it was a comedy and a drama rolled into one. There were a few times where things were a bit slow but there were other moments that made up for it.

(Note: For those of you who saw the movie, I especially enjoyed Rashida Jones’ speech at the end — it was both uplifting and inspiring to say the least.)

Though, I will say — this is not a film for everyone. It’s more for those who enjoy romantic and quirky comedies. For those who do not, it may not have as much entertainment value.

Overall, I enjoyed the film very much. It made me laugh, it made me care and it definitely had a lot of heart. And, that is always a plus in my book.

If you’re in the mood for a romantic and quirky comedy, you may just want to check this one out.

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(Note: For those who saw the film, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for reading!)

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