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Celeste & Jesse Forever

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The daughter of musician Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton has proven herself a fine comic actress in film (I Love You, Man) and television (Parks and Recreation), and now a surprisingly sharp screenwriter in Celeste & Jesse Forever
not only the smartest and funniest romantic comedy you’re likely to rent all season, but the smartest and funniest anti-romantic comedy, too. It deserved a wider audience than it got.

She and Saturday Night Alive alum
Andy Samberg warmly portray the title twosome, seemingly struck from
the same demented mold with their odd humor and little reindeer games.
She’s a trend forecaster; he’s an artist; and they really are best
friends.

It’s just too bad they’re getting divorced.

Yet
they continue to go about life as if things aren’t any different. This
alarms their friends, who think Celeste and Jesse are as made for each
other as humanly possible.

Wrong, says Celeste: “I
love Jesse dearly, but he doesn’t have a checking account. Or dress
shoes. The father of my children will have a car.”

Co-written with fellow actor Will McCormack (TV’s In Plain Sight), the
thoroughly winning film, new to Blu-ray and DVD, flies high on dialogue like
that, but delivered so deftly by all that the situation at heart
maintains realism — a much-welcome respite from the madcap, overblown
buffoonery Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz insist on
fronting ad nauseum.

And like real life, its third act doesn’t play out as expected.   —Rod Lott

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Parks and Recreation: Season Three Blu-ray review    

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