Celeste and Jesse are best friends who got married too young, ultimately leading to divorce. Afterwards, the two remain inseparable, enjoying each others company like nothing has ever happened. When the two begin to pursue other people, feelings are thrown into question. Celeste and Jesse Forever is so focused on the close knit friendship between Celeste and Jesse to the point where we never actually feel an intimate connection between the two of them. They are shown as great friends and we understand that but you never really see the spark between the two of them. The film just goes through the motions and assumes the viewer can relate to this type of relationship without ever really giving us much to care about from an emotional level. The story is just thrown at the viewer with no real concern of character development leading it hard to get invested. Maybe I'm being too harsh but I just found this whole film to be a simplistic dissection of close friends vs. love that was ultimately uninteresting and rushes to it's conclusion. Rashida Jones is the highlight of the film from an acting standpoint but the same can not be said for her screenplay. I never found myself falling in love with the characters, leaving myself rather disinterested in their entire story. Celeste and Jesse Forever simply lacks the emotional core to grab the viewer - the cookie cutter story ultimately disappoints given a promising concept.
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