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The writer and actor deserves her place in Hollywood's comedy inner circle

It's nice to see Rashida Jones finally asserting herself. With Celeste And Jesse Forever, she not only co-stars for the first time, opposite SNL's ditzy Andy Samberg, but she's also the co-writer of a script composed with ex-boyfriend Will McCormack (their own "Forever" lasted three weeks). I've loved Jones since she was on Boston Public over a decade ago, when I had no idea she was the daughter of Quincy Jones and Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton. I've loved her even more since she played snarky dreamboat Karen Filippelli, Jim Halpert's in-between-times girlfriend on The Office. Her days of sitcom guest-star arcs and third-tier movie cameos yielded fruit when Amy Poehler cast her in Parks And Recreation, and Celeste And Jesse Forever is surely her reward for all that toil.

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- John Patterson

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