"Celeste & Jesse Forever" is a fun spin on the romantic comedy that features some very likable leads and a very smart screenplay. It's a bit unconventional but really entertaining.
Rashida Jones, who co-wrote the screenplay, and Andy Samberg star as the title characters -- a divorcing couple who remain best friends, much to the chagrin of family and friends.
Jesse (Samberg) still believes there is a chance the couple will get back together, but Celeste (Jones) is more concerned with her career and convinced that Jesse will never grow up.
When Jesse realizes that they probably won't get back together, he gets involved in a relationship with another woman (Rebecca Dayan). The more serious Jesse's new relationship becomes, the more Celeste starts to think that maybe she was wrong about ending the marriage.
Jones and Samberg have great chemistry and really make the material work. Jones is very good, but I was more impressed with Samberg, who shows a bit of a dramatic side.
The film also benefits from strong writing, with Jones and Will McCormack creating some memorable characters that feel very real. These are people with real problems, and real flaws.
"Celeste & Jesse" doesn't adhere to the romantic comedy formula either -- the film evolves into a final act that feels authentic -- and doesn't necessarily have all the answers.
This is a film with a quirky charm that really won me over. If you are looking for a good date movie, I think you will like it too.
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