"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
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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.
(RoRo, FR, B, C, LLL, SS, AA, DD, MM) Strong Romantic, slightly lawless, worldview, mitigated by light moral elements about the funny and sad but mostly amicable breakup of a couple who want to stay best friends even after they decide they got married too young and after man impregnates another woman during an official separation with his first wife, but man seems to grow up and finally decides to marry the second woman having the baby, plus a Christian minister appears during the positive ending; at least 91 obscenities and profanities (including many “f” words and some strong profanities), plus some crude sexual dialogue; no violence; no depicted sex scenes but solid sexual references and sexual immorality include man gets another woman pregnant during an official separation with his wife after wife kicks him out but lets him stay in a guesthouse, some discussion about illicit sex, separated couple gets drunk and wakes up in bed together, jokes in one scene about playing around with household objects that look phallic, and nervous man makes a crude joke that startles a Christian minister but the minister realizes the man is just nervous and starts to laugh along; no nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; no cigarette smoking but man smokes marijuana in at least one scene; and, strong miscellaneous immorality and behavior problems include wife pushes husband away and forces him to live in guest house but (contradicting herself) allows him to live in the guesthouse in hopes of staying friends, man is lazy, distrust, and separated couple spies on one another.
CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER is a sometimes-dramatic romantic comedy. It follows the funny and sad but eventually amicable breakup of a married couple who want to stay best friends even after they decide they got married too young and officially separate. The movie scores some points for attempting to be thoughtful rather than hateful. However, it’s marred by much crude language and other moral problems.
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.