STARRING: Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, Ari Graynor, Eric Christan Olsen, Elijah Wood, Chris Messina, Emma Roberts
DIRECTED BY: Lee Toland Krieger
This is one of those tiny films that only really gets made because of certain actors who are passionate about the film. Rashida Jones, specifically, managed to get her friends on board for this film about two people who are supposed to be getting divorced, but still act like a happily married couple. Celeste (Rashida Jones) is a “trend forecaster”, meaning that she predicts what the next hot thing is. I don’t know how one gets that job, but I would love to just tell everyone what is cool, and what isn’t. Jesse (Andy Samberg) is an aspiring artist who loves weed. So, basically, he’s the modern American man, or really just Andy Samberg. At the beginning of the film, when you’re introduced to these characters, they seem like best friends or a loving couple. It isn’t until their best friends (Ari Graynor/Eric Christian Olsen) freak out on them that you realize this is an atypical relationship.
They don’t see the problem, neither does the audience. It isn’t until later in the film when Jesse and Celeste hook-up after getting drunk, that they realize there might be something wrong. The rest of the film is this give and take between should we be together, should we split up, which gradually is complicated by other characters and situations. It’s never really a compelling effort, and keeps you only half interested in the outcome of the film. It’s not really clear why they broke up in the first place, as they seem perfect for each other in the beginning. As Jesse begins to evolve as a character, it takes Celeste way too long to realize she might be wrong. By the end of the film, you actually hope Celeste and Jesse are not together forever.
It’s a decent script from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, but it fails to be a truly compelling film. The cast does the best they can with the script they were presented, and most of them were cast into roles that require very little acting for them. I think this concept might have done better in a sitcom format, especially considering where Rashida and Andy come from. Instead, you get a movie that’s just OK, and doesn’t inspire or move anything. There’s one thing that’s for sure, Celeste and Jesse may be forever, but this movie won’t be remembered that long.
FINAL GRADE: C+