Celeste and Jesse Forever

This 2012 film co-written and starring Rashida Jones (‘The American Office’, ‘Parks and Recreation’) is a musing on what happens when long term relationships come to an end. Jones plays Celeste, a likeable but controlling trend-forecaster, whose career has taken off with her first book “Shitegeist”. She’s divorced from Jesse, acted by Andy Samberg (‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘I Love you Man’) but they live their lives as a married couple, and a happily married one at that.

Through the film we see how Celeste deals, or in her case doesn’t deal with Jesse’s involvement with a girl she rather bitterly describes as a younger version of herself. There are some nicely comedic moments in this, as you might expect from two actors who are better known for their comedy roles, however Jones is at her best in her less than happy scenes, her speech at her best friend’s wedding is particularly poignant.

However, the film isn’t without its flaws, the storyline doesn’t seem to know where it wants to go at points, is this a comedy or a drama? It’s also hard to believe that Celeste and Jesse’s new romantic interests seemingly aren’t concerned with the time they spend together; apparently some people are happy to wait in the background while their partners are with their exes.

Overall this is a grown up take on the romantic comedy, asking what happens when you find yourself single at an age when it seems as though everyone else has settled down and doesn’t take the easy option when it comes to the film’s ending.

Anna Parker