A broken relationship and the heart break that goes with it. It’s something that nearly every adult will experience at some point in their life, with each person finding their own way to pick up the pieces and move on. The issue of heart break, and just how to go about picking up those pieces and moving on, is at the core of Celeste & Jesse Forever. Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) have been together since high school. “Best friends forever,” they married young and now – at the ripe old age of 30 – they realize they’re growing apart. Their plan: to divorce, pursue other relationships, but still remain best friends. It will be, they believe, the “perfect break-up.”
Jesse passively accepts this new phase in their relationship, even though he is clearly still in love with her. A very sympathetic character, Jesse is just waiting Celeste out, sort of hanging out on “stand by” while the two of them cycle through reconnecting and falling back apart again.
Celeste, on the other hand, is a much less sentimental character. She is self-centered, judgmental and dismissive. But as the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly begins to realize that perhaps she had been too cavalier about their relationship. Unfortunately, by the time she really sees what she has done, it’s too late – Jesse has found someone else and is moving on with his life. In the end Jesse & Celeste learn that in order to truly love someone, you sometimes have to let them go.
Celeste & Jesse Forever is Rashida Jones’ writing debut. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, the film also features Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, and Will McCormack. Celeste & Jesse Forever is set for a limited release inNew YorkandLos AngelesonAugust 3, 2012by Sony Pictures Classics.