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Film: Celeste And Jesse Forever
2012 Rom Com starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, exploring a very modern view of marriage: the Amicable Exes.

Celeste and Jesse were friends since high school, got married relatively young, and were Happily Married for years. Eventually, though, their careers diverge and they grow apart. They decided to split up, but remain close and have few or no hard feelings about it all.

The movie begins when they are out to dinner with mutual friends Beth and Tucker, a couple who are engaged themselves, and can't handle how weird it is that Celeste and Jesse are trying to remain friends. Over the course of the movie, it gets even weirder. Celeste's career becomes more and more demanding and she struggles to return to the dating scene, while Jesse moves on to a new girlfriend and begins to settle down surprisingly quickly, so quickly that they both struggle to adapt.

This film includes examples of:

  • Advertised Extra: In promotional materials, Andy Samberg's Jesse has equal billing to Rashida Jones' Celeste. In the movie itself, Celeste gets far more screen time and has much more of a Character Arc.
  • Amicable Exes: The basic plot. They remain both amicable and exes to the end, never getting back together or having a falling out. They do share kisses now and then during low points in their respective lives, though.
  • Bitter Wedding Speech: Not bitter, exactly, Celeste has nothing but good feelings towards Beth and Tucker, but she's drunk while speaking and there's definite Subtext about her own relationship.
  • Hollywood California: Most of the movie is set there, and it shows. Almost every scene includes yoga, vegan cooking, pot-smoking, or some combination of those.
  • Will They or Won't They?: In the end, Celeste pulls herself together a bit, finally has a not-too-awkward conversation with Jesse, and calls a guy she gone on a date with earlier in the movie. They don't get back together.
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