Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever

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Director: Lee Toland Krieger

Cast: Lee Toland Krieger, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Chris Messina

     
 

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Lee Toland Krieger's humorous romantic drama Celeste and Jesse Forever focuses on best friends who stay incredibly close even after they divorce. Celeste (Rashida Jones) is a type-A marketing whiz with a knack for trend spotting, and Jesse (Andy Samberg) is a struggling artist with an irresponsible streak. They've been BFFs since 10th grade, and even thoughSee more details below

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Overview

Lee Toland Krieger's humorous romantic drama Celeste and Jesse Forever focuses on best friends who stay incredibly close even after they divorce. Celeste (Rashida Jones) is a type-A marketing whiz with a knack for trend spotting, and Jesse (Andy Samberg) is a struggling artist with an irresponsible streak. They've been BFFs since 10th grade, and even though their attempt at marriage together failed, they still spend every day together, enjoying their private jokes and making each other laugh, six months after their separation. He hopes for a reconciliation, she wants him to grow up. Their deep bond takes its first serious blow when Jesse finally does become involved with another woman - causing each of them to wonder how to be in each other's lives. Co-written by Jones and actor Will McCormack, the movie co-stars Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen, and Emma Roberts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The question of whether men and women can ever really be friends lies at the heart of so many romantic comedies and dramas that Celeste and Jesse Forever deserves a healthy dose of praise just for finding a new angle on this enduring debate. The movie subverts our expectations very quickly. After establishing the seemingly perfect relationship of Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) during the opening-credits montage, and then giving us a scene of their playful affection, we see the couple being ridiculously cute together while out to dinner with their friends Beth (Ari Graynor) and Tucker (Eric Christian Olsen). At one point, Beth, overwhelmed by the couple's silly baby talk, explodes and says it's unnatural for them to be like this when they've been separated for six months and are getting divorced. It turns out that Celeste, a type-A professional who makes a living in marketing because she has a gift for trend spotting, and Jesse, a struggling artist who seems to lack motivation and certainly a steady paycheck, have been friends since tenth grade and can't quite let go of each other, even though their marriage was a failure. Co-written by Jones and actor Will McCormack, the movie offers few surprises in terms of plotting -- other people enter Celeste and Jesse's lives, the duo fight, then reconcile, then fight again -- but the actors are given every opportunity to play a variety of emotions. Jones, an inherently likable screen presence whose beauty never overwhelms her approachability, becomes the center of the movie as Celeste -- with her insatiable desire to be right all the time -- carries most of the dramatic weight. Jones allows the character to be both affecting and annoying as Celeste begins losing control, the exact thing she fears most, at work and in her personal life. Samberg turns out to be a solid onscreen partner for her; he tones down his goofy persona without sacrificing laughs. He's got a knack for portraying boyish enthusiasm and immaturity that doesn't feel infantile or hostile. In one of their many reconciliation scenes, he shows up at her house and just wants her to hold him. It's a tender scene in which both leads engagingly reveal their characters' vulnerabilities. The supporting cast more than hold their own: Chris Messina stands out as a yoga enthusiast and possible love interest for Celeste, while Emma Roberts gets laughs as a Britney Spears-esque pop star with a knack for calling Celeste out on her personal failings. Director Lee Toland Krieger never pushes the material; he's interested in just watching the characters, and that's where he wants our focus as well. He relies on naturalism from his actors, and his unobtrusive camera work accentuates their feelings instead of dictating ours. The meaning of the title Celeste and Jesse Forever shifts as the film goes along. Sometimes it carries a hint of bemused resignation, sometimes it's bitingly ironic, and sometimes it's a plain statement of fact. By the time the closing credits roll, you'll realize it's mostly the latter and you'll understand what that fact means for the two main characters.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2013
UPC:
0043396414297
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
17,912

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Two commentaries with Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Will McCormack and Lee Toland Krieger; The Making of Celeste and Jesse Forever; On the red carpet: premiere and Q&A

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rashida Jones Celeste
Andy Samberg Jesse
Chris Messina Paul
Ari Graynor Beth
Emma Roberts Actor,Riley
Elijah Wood Scott
Eric Christian Olsen Tucker
Rob Huebel Business Man
Shira Lazar Herself
Will McCormack Skillz
Kate Krieger Yogurt Girl
Matthias Steiner Himself
Andreas Beckett German Announcer
Rebecca Dayan Veronica
Janel Parrish Savannah
Rich Sommer Max
Jessica Joffe Saleswoman
Rafi Gavron Rupert
Chris Pine Mystery Buddy
Matthew Del Negro Nick
Zoe Hall Waitress
Lenny Jacobson Peter Pan
Chris D'Elia Snow White
Sarah Haskins Parent
Lauren Sanchez News Reporter
Ashley Dowling Bartender
Willi Mac Bear
Robert Kya-Hill Priest
Amanda MacLachlan Bridesmaid
Sarah Wright Bridesmaid
Jordan Reid Bridesmaid
Joel Michaely Gay Man #1
Philip Pavel Gay Man #2
Louisa Kendrick Celeste's Lawyer
Jason Antoon Young Man

Technical Credits
Lee Toland Krieger Director
David Buelow Co-producer
Julia Caston Costumes/Costume Designer
Zach Cowie Score Composer
Shahrzad "Sheri" Davani Asst. Director
Angela Demo Casting
Tad Driscoll Production Manager
Yana Gorskaya Editor
David Grace Co-producer
David Lanzenberg Cinematographer
Sunny Levine Score Composer
Barbara McCarthy Casting
Will McCormack Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Lee Nelson Producer
Ian Phillips Production Designer
Rashida Jones Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Suzanne Todd Producer
Jennifer Todd Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Celeste and Jesse Forever
1. Scene 1 [4:56]
2. Scene 2 [6:01]
3. Scene 3 [7:42]
4. Scene 4 [6:32]
5. Scene 5 [6:08]
6. Scene 6 [5:50]
7. Scene 7 [4:42]
8. Scene 8 [4:33]
9. Scene 9 [4:23]
10. Scene 10 [3:47]
11. Scene 11 [6:12]
12. Scene 12 [4:44]
13. Scene 13 [6:28]
14. Scene 14 [6:59]
15. Scene 15 [5:00]
16. Scene 16 [8:06]

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