Celeste (Jones) and Jesse (Samberg) met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do — she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go.
7. "They need to re-title this shit "The Neverending Story: The Divorce Vers..." In response to Reply # 0
This shit had me for the first 30 or so minutes and then I stopped giving a fuck. Seriously, this movie was mostly one sided and told from Celeste's side of things. And I understand they were hurt and going through a divorce, but seriously I saw this shit done was better in Blue Valentine. There was like 10 parts were I though okay this is the end. And it kept going. Also, no one laughed when the jokes were made.
With all that said the fact that Rashida Jones touched me is heavenly. I may never wash my hands again.
8. "Loosey-goosey break up story. It was fine. Loved the soundtrack." In response to Reply # 0
I have to disagree with bwood, though, in that it's tough to compare this to Blue Valentine. For one, BV concerns the serious, intense and urgent details regarding the death of a relationship in a working-class city. Once those two separate, it's a wrap. The couple in this movie is younger, more urbane ("HIPSTER!!!!!!!!!!!"), and are cool with still being cool after things are over. They may officially be on the outs, but they're still friends, and unlike the fractured couple in Blue Valentine, the possibility of reconciliation is always in the air.
Blue Valentine may have been more compelling to watch, mainly because of the work of Ryan Gosling, but this movie is cool to watch in its own amiable, shaggy dog way.
The narrative is pretty loose. The thing I liked about it is, once Celeste realizes that she made a mistake in asking for a divorce, the movie didn't shift into madcap rom-com territory, where Celeste spent the rest of the movie getting herself into zany situations in order to win Jesse back. She continues on with her life, but admits (repeatedly) how much she misses her bud Jesse.
I also didn't have a problem with the fact that this movie is, for all intents and purposes, Celeste's story. We see her do the majority of dating. We see her call and stare into the distance and long for Jesse. We also see her making moves at work, which was a funny-yet-jarring subplot involving a tart pop singer and a questionable logo. While this diversion gave us some extra laughs, I don't know if it was really needed.
But make no mistake, the movie is, for the most part, funny. This is not a searing portrait of divorce set in the world of L.A. hipsters. It's about a woman coming to terms with the fact that the love of her life has moved on, which I thought was an interesting take. Again, I know we get movies where a couple breaks up and the woman resorts to all kinds of zany antics to win her guy back, but this ain't that movie, and for that, it gets points from me.
Rashida was good. Samburg plays it relatively straight, except for a few moments when he goofs off with Rashida. He was okay. I thought that Will MacCormack was funny as the dope dealer/friend to both.
Here's the main problem I had with the movie. I easily bought Rashida and Samburg's chemistry... as good, good friends. I didn't buy their chemistry as a couple. Part of that, I think, is that while the movie starts with some kind of herky-jerky montage of their evolving relationship, I never got the sense that this was a real couple. Not sure if some extra backstory would have helped or not, but it was just tough to buy this romantic relationship. As friends, they got on fine, and it was fun to watch them pal around together, but I just couldn't get with them being a long-term couple.
Cool flick. No need to rush out and see it, though.
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9. "Great soundtrack, good lead performances, fine movie." In response to Reply # 0
Thought it'd annoy me and it didn't. Rashida needs a big vehicle to be the lead in-- she's charming, hilarious, pretty, can do drama and comedy and switch between both effortlessly, etc. Samberg showed he's got chops too. Some really strong and truthful scenes, some really funny moments...
... but some contrived stuff too. With Jesse as such an obvious bum, it definitely paints a one-sided picture... yet the film tries to give Jesse some depth later. I felt it should've focused on either solely Celeste or given Jesse more depth and screen time. Some clutter with the supporting character scenes didn't really add too much. The handheld "indie" direction moving in and out of focus for artsiness annoyed me.
Still, worth seeing. Good date flick-- my lady thoroughly enjoyed it.
Was pleasant Refreshing Both characters were um... Had issues and not very likable Like I like rahida and samberg But those characters were really annoying ~~~~ When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices. Live so that when you die, you rejoice, and the world cries. ~~~~ You cannot hate people for their own good.