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CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER (Sony, 2012) D: Lee Toland Krieger, w/ Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NNN Rating: NNN
Celeste And Jesse Forever is funny and romantic, but it's about breaking up, not falling in love, and the heartbreak overwhelms the humour.
Celeste and Jesse (Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg) are already separated when the movie opens, but they remain best friends. He's moved into the guest house, but they spend all their time together and their mutual affection runs deep. Clearly, this couple should stay together, even though she has a successful career in marketing and he's going nowhere as an artist. She's a bit over-controlling, and he's slightly slackerish.
Jones and Samberg, making his first stab at dramatic acting, keep the tone realistic, so comedy and tragedy emerge in an engaging, unstrained manner. The supporting cast, notably Ari Graynor, Elijah Wood and Will McCormack, bring humour and authenticity to stock characters of romantic comedy as Celeste's supportive best friend and gay friend and Jesse's best buddy.
Jones, who co-wrote the script with McCormack, does two commentaries, one with McCormack and director Lee Toland Krieger, the other with Samberg. They're both jokey, but she has some interesting views on men and women and how the movie relates to her personal reality.
EXTRAS: Two commentaries, making-of doc, premiere Q&A, deleted scenes. English, Spanish, Portuguese audio. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese subtitles.