CELESTE AND JESS FOREVER
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Starring: ** Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics/Sony
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Executive Producer: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
Producer: Lee Nelson, Jennifer Todd,
Writer: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
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Celeste and Jesse have been best friends since high school. They were so in love they got married immediately after college. Now approaching 30, they’ve grown apart. This is partly because Celeste is on a high-powered career track while Jesse is lazy. Celeste kicks a reluctant Jesse out of the house, but lets him stay in their guesthouse, in hopes they can stay friends.
This tentative state of affairs is upset when Jesse learns he’s fathered a child with a woman during a one-night stand just after Celeste kicked him out of the house. This situation forces them to decide once and for all whether to restore their marriage, preserve their friendship, or split up for good. Jesse also must face the question what to do about the other woman with his child.
Although marriage is affirmed at the end, CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER treats divorce as a mere step in life. Thus, the movie’s view of holy matrimony is not exactly biblical.
Quality wise, the performers are charming during the happy moments and touching during the sad ones. Ultimately, however, the story drifts into sadness with not enough happening to hold the viewer’s interest until the end. Thus, CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER finally fails on an entertainment level. It also contains too much crude content, including abundant foul language, to commend it on a moral/spiritual level, despite some positive Christian, moral elements at the end. Also, during the movie, Celeste and Jesse become so distrustful of each other that they start spying on one another. However, the happy, somewhat positive ending saves CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER from becoming completely or truly excessive and unacceptable.
CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER features good performances by the two leads. They are charming during the happy moments and touching during the sad ones. However, not enough happens until the end to hold the viewer’s interest. Thus, CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER finally fails on an entertainment level. It also contains too much crude content to commend it on a moral/spiritual level, despite some light Christian, moral elements at the end. However, the happy, somewhat positive ending saves CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER from becoming completely or truly unacceptable.