9 December 2012 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

On paper, the characters in Celeste and Jesse Forever are romantic-comedy staples. Rashida Jones is an uptight career-woman with a gay confidant (Elijah Wood), while Andy Samberg is an unemployed man-child who's addicted to marijuana and surfing. But here's the thing. As run-of-the-mill as such characters may be, Jones and Samberg nonetheless seem to belong to the same species as the rest of us. Celeste and Jesse Forever is the third romcom this year, after The Five-Year Engagement and Your Sister's Sister, in which we have the satisfaction of watching fundamentally decent people behaving in a fundamentally reasonable manner. Unsurprisingly, none of these films star either Gerard Butler or Katherine Heigl. »

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