However CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER in a strange sort of way seems to go the extra mile.
No, it doesn’t have a Jennifer Aniston or Jennifer Garner—or for that matter any Jennifer in its lead. Instead we get Rashida (‘Parks & Recreation’) Jones, who incidentally co-wrote the screenplay.
Now one has to wonder what they’re in for when the story actually begins right in the midst of Jones’ character’s divorce. She plays marketing pro Celeste splitting with free spirit, no ambition and unemployed artist Jesse played by Andy Samberg.
Yet the two remain best friends.
On the outside everything seems and feels right. That is until Jesse starts dating while Celeste is heading down the road of self doubt. But nothing quite hits home for her like when she finds out that her about-to-be-ex’s latest squeeze—is carrying his baby.
Talk about a heavy dose of personal angst.
It all sounds very saccharine, doesn’t it? Probably. But thanks to its clever writing, directing and acting, the movie successfully exceeds what I now refer to as The Jennifer Factor.
On top of that, we get to see another side of Andy Samberg. Not the goofy guy from SNL, but a real mensch in this film.
Add a fine supporting cast including Emma Roberts, Rebecca Dayan and Elijah Wood as Celeste’s gay friend who’s always trying to steer her in the right direction, and you get a bittersweet look at life’s best intentions – a likable breakup with no charades.
CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER—Actually 90 minutes of it—is new this holiday weekend in limited runs and raises 3 out of 5 amicable fingers.