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Celeste & Jesse Forever
(Lee Toland Krieger)
14A, 92 minutes
Rashda Jones; Andy Samberg; Elijah Wood
Both old-fashioned and modern, both funny and melancholic, the witty, heartfelt "Celeste and Jesse Forever" is populated by moments that at first appear all too familiar, then turn out to surprise you.
This more-than-welcome pattern begins early in the movie, when Celeste (Rashida Jones, in a career-altering performance) and Jesse (Andy Samberg, every bit as good) share a disgustingly cute conversation, accents and all, with their soon-to-be-married friends, Beth and Tucker. Out of nowhere, Beth has a fit, not because of the cutesy behavior itself but because such behavior is entirely inappropriate for a couple like Celeste and Jesse - one that is about to be divorced.
Therein lies the highly original yet entirely plausible premise of the film: a couple that is doing everything (and I mean everything) in their power to remain best friends forever, even when it seems that their partnership is coming to an inevitable end. Even when their affections are unequal and keep changing.
David Lewis- San Francisco Chronicle