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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:00 | By Genevieve Loh

Movie Review: Celeste and Jesse Forever (NC16,92min)/ 3.5/ 5 / Strange Love

A surprisingly touching look at relationships and love today


Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Will it really be Celeste and Jesse forever?

Maybe not, as the film throws us a definite curveball right from the get-go and asks the important question: "Can a soon-to-be-divorced couple really still be friends?"

That's what high-flying trend-spotter Celeste (Rashida Jones, who also served as co-scriptwriter with fellow cast member Will McCormack) and underachieving graphic artist Jesse (Andy Samberg) are.

 

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever

 

 

 

Best friends to be exact, what with their great rapport, affection for each other and hilarious inside jokes. Only thing is, the childhood sweethearts are getting divorced after six years of marriage.

So why did two people so desperately in love choose to separate?

The very concept not only enrages their friends, but, the audience too. Thankfully, what makes this stand out from the usual Hollywood drivel is its sheer pure honesty, both from the writing and the performances.

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Jones' self-penned script, so willing to present the failed relationship cliches and then turn them on its head with the cold painful truth, makes this film one of the more candid pieces of film-making I've seen in a long time.

Sure, the structure is a tad messy and unpolished; but with scenes like a misty-watered coloured opening montage, to cringe-worthy bad joke set-ups delivered with compellingly authentic performances by both Samberg and Jones, every real human emotion of hurt, confusion, jealously and love seeps through.

And it's thanks to their genuine emotions, chemistry and effortless nuances that makes this one sharply funny, surprisingly touching and, most importantly, charmingly believable look at relationships and love today.

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