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Writers:
Rashida Jones (written by) &
Will McCormack (written by)
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Release Date:
24 August 2012 (Taiwan) See more »
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A loved story. See more »
Plot:
A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 nominations See more »
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"Celeste and Jesse" uses its humor to subvert the "it's complicated" relationship formula See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Rashida Jones ... Celeste

Andy Samberg ... Jesse

Ari Graynor ... Beth

Eric Christian Olsen ... Tucker

Rob Huebel ... Business Man

Elijah Wood ... Scott

Shira Lazar ... Herself

Will McCormack ... Skillz

Kate Krieger ... Yogurt Girl
Matthias Steiner ... Himself

Andreas Beckett ... German Announcer

Chris Messina ... Paul

Rebecca Dayan ... Veronica

Emma Roberts ... Riley

Janel Parrish ... Savannah

Rich Sommer ... Max
Jessica Joffe ... Saleswoman

Rafi Gavron ... Rupert

Chris Pine ... Rory Shenandoah (as Kris Pino)

Matthew Del Negro ... Nick

Zoë Hall ... Waitress

Lenny Jacobson ... Peter Pan

Chris D'Elia ... Snow White
Sarah Haskins ... Parent

Lauren Sanchez ... News Reporter

Ashli Dowling ... Bartender
Willy Mac ... Bear

Robert Kya-Hill ... Priest

Amanda MacLachlan ... Bridesmaid

Sarah Wright ... Bridesmaid
Jordan Reid ... Bridesmaid

Joel Michaely ... Gay Man #1

Philip Pavel ... Gay Man #2

Louisa Kendrick ... Celeste's Lawyer

Jason Antoon ... Young Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jordan Berkow ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Kaitlyn Bouchard ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Jesse Dufault ... Wedding Guest - Dancer (uncredited)

Shannon Hartman ... Wedding Guest - Dancer (uncredited)
Kimmie Johnson ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Sun Jae Kim ... Office Clerk (uncredited)

Eva La Dare ... Fire Dancer (uncredited)

John Joseph Lindsey ... Wedding Ceremony / Party Guest (uncredited)

Kim Mahair ... Yoga Instructor (uncredited)
Jessica Mathis ... Party Mermaid (uncredited)
Cristina Moody ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Patrick Pedraza ... Pat (uncredited)
Mason Sharrow ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Susan T. Travers ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee Toland Krieger 
 
Writing credits
Rashida Jones (written by) &
Will McCormack (written by)

Produced by
David Buelow .... co-producer
Sheri Davani .... associate producer (as Shahrzad 'Sheri' Davani)
Kevin Scott Frakes .... executive producer (as Kevin Frakes)
David Grace .... co-producer
David Grace .... line producer
Stephanie Johnson .... associate producer
Rashida Jones .... executive producer
Will McCormack .... executive producer
Lee Nelson .... producer
Raj Brinder Singh .... co-executive producer
Noah Stahl .... associate producer
Jennifer Todd .... producer
Suzanne Todd .... producer
 
Original Music by
Zach Cowie 
Sunny Levine 
 
Cinematography by
David Lanzenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Yana Gorskaya 
 
Casting by
Angela Demo 
Barbara J. McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
Ian Phillips 
 
Art Direction by
Joseph Oxford 
 
Costume Design by
Julia Caston 
 
Makeup Department
Allison Barbera .... makeup artist: Rhode Island
Helena Cepeda .... key hair stylist
Rob Fitz .... key makeup artist: Rhode Island
Julia Papworth .... hair department head (as Julia Clare Papworth)
Shayna Passaretti .... hair stylist: Rhode Island
Keri Anne Shea .... key hair stylist: Rhode Island
Karen Toole-Rentrop .... key makeup artist
Teresa Vest .... makeup department head
Laura Leppanen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jose Zamora .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Nicholas Delmenico .... unit production manager: Rhode Island
Tad Driscoll .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Ambrosino .... key second assistant director: Rhode Island
Sheri Davani .... first assistant director (as Shahrzad 'Sheri' Davani)
Stephenie Galvan .... second assistant director
Patrick Miller .... second second assistant director
Ronn Burner .... second assistant director: day player (uncredited)
 
Art Department
JoAnne M. Ando .... on-set dresser (as J.M.Ando)
Michelle Daniels .... assistant property master
Keri Dillard Ambrosino .... art director: Rhode Island (as Keri Ambrosino)
Peter Anthony Escartin .... art department intern (as Peter Escartin)
Catherine Marshall .... property master: Rhode Island (as Cat Marshall)
Carlton Rude .... property master
Nathan Shorte .... art department production assistant: Rhode Island
James J. Burke .... additional logo design (uncredited)
Bryan Carberry .... graphic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Barber .... sound re-recording mixer
David Barber .... supervising sound editor
Eric Branting .... sound mixer: Rhode Island
Mary Jo Devenney .... sound mixer
Gonzalo Espinoza .... adr recordist (as Gonzalo 'Bino' Espinoza)
Gonzalo Espinoza .... adr supervisor (as Gonzalo 'Bino' Espinoza)
Gonzalo Espinoza .... foley artist (as Gonzalo 'Bino' Espinoza)
Gonzalo Espinoza .... foley editor (as Gonzalo 'Bino' Espinoza)
John Gage .... boom operator: Rhode Island
Sean Gray .... sound effects editor
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Michael Kreple .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Michael Kreple .... sound effects editor
Mark Leone .... sound utility (as Mark D. Leone)
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer
Keith Sasser .... sound utility
Cody Twitchell .... adr mixer (as Cody Twichel)
Stacey A. Washer .... boom operator
Sean Byrnes .... sound utility (uncredited)
Sean Gray .... sound designer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Andy Dylan .... stunt coordinator (as Andrew Dylan)
Natalie Padilla .... stunts
Natalie Padilla .... stunt double: Rashida Jones (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Baker .... camera operator: "b" camera, U.U.
Nolan Ball .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Rhode Island
Peter Barbush .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, Rhode Island
Walter Bithell .... gaffer
Paul Bulgin .... key grip: Rhode Island
Robert Bullard .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, Rhode Island
Nicholas Bupp .... best boy electric (as Nick Bupp)
Dan Conner .... grip
Corey Cooper .... camera intern
Rudy Covarrubias .... key grip
Zac Crosby .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Rhode Island
Chris Cunningham .... steadicam operator
Lucas Deans .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Will Dearborn .... first assistant camera
Paul Dickover .... electrician
Liam Gallogly .... electrician: Rhode Island
Liam Gallogly .... grip: Rhode Island
Jamie Hawkins .... still photographer: Rhode Island
Julie Hotz .... digital imaging technician (as Jukie A. Hotz)
David Isern .... b-camera operator
David Isern .... steadicam operator: Rhode Island
Fabienne Lamoureux .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Axel Lanzenberg .... electrician
Anne Lee .... second assistant camera: San Francisco
Phil Lujan .... grip
Jordan McNeile .... camera trainee
Brandon J. Meadows .... gaffer: Rhode Island
David Moir .... still photographer
Brian O'Connor .... electrician: Rhode Island
Brian O'Connor .... grip: Rhode Island
Jessica Ramos .... second assistant camera
Dominick Roney .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jayson Rory .... grip (as Jayson Rury)
John Steur .... best boy grip
Joseph Aguirre .... camera operator (uncredited)
Chris Brown .... electrician: Rhode Island (uncredited)
Chris Brown .... grip: Rhode Island (uncredited)
Bryan Carberry .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ryan Hogue .... camera intern (uncredited)
Justyn Moro .... data tech (uncredited)
Seva Shybkou .... camera operator: behind the scenes (uncredited)
Brian Udoff .... additional loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Matthew Avento .... casting assistant
Shyree Mezick .... casting assistant
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Bebeau .... set costumer: Rhode Island
Laura Maffeo .... costumer
Jamie Redwood .... assistant costume designer (as Jamie Bresnan)
Joy Thibodeau .... seamstress: Rhode Island
Rachel Weir .... key costumer (as Rachel B. Weir)
 
Editorial Department
J. Cody Baker .... color assistant (as James Baker)
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist
David Feldman .... digital intermediate account executive
Cory Hamilton .... digital intermediate producer
Shane Harris .... colorist
Logan Hefflefinger .... editor: title sequence
Jonathan Melin .... assistant editor
Chris A. Peterson .... on-line editor: closing title sequence
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate executive producer: Company 3
Devin Sterling .... digital intermediate head of production
Gregory Hobson .... additional editor (uncredited)
Harry Muller .... color timer (uncredited)
Ian Sullivan .... digital intermediate accountant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Zach Cowie .... co-music supervisor
Jonathan Hafter .... music supervisor
Giuseppe Patane .... composer: additional music
Eamon Ryland .... composer: additional music
Amir Yaghmai .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Michael Locke .... transportation coordinator
Chris Mendoza .... transportation captain
Lou Mendoza .... driver
Joseph Ungar .... driver
 
Other crew
Mark Allison .... set production assistant: Rhode Island
Ally Arthur .... production office intern
Kaitlyn Bouchard .... office production assistant: Rhode Island
Erika Canchola .... production legal services: Law Offices of Elsa Ramos
Bryan Carberry .... assistant to director
Kristina Carlson .... production intern
Darrin Cummings .... key assistant location manager
Vicki Davis .... adr loop group (as Vicki M. Davis)
Matthew Delisle .... set production assistant: Rhode Island (as Matt Delisle)
André Devantier .... caterer
Kristin Dewey .... supervising location manager
Tad Driscoll .... production accountant
Audra Duval .... location production assistant: Rhode Island
Jeff Fischer .... adr loop group (as Jeffrey Todd Fischer)
Irene Frau .... assistant location manager
Christopher Galasso .... key set production assistant
Katherine M. Gallbraith .... production coordinator
Ben Gammell .... set production assistant: Rhode Island
Tony Garcia .... chef
Chris Gouchoe .... production intern (as Christopher Gouchoe)
Jennifer Gray .... production legal services: Law Offices of Elsa Ramos
Brittany Hapner .... assistant: Ms. Jennifer Todd, Envision Media Arts
Julianna Hays .... assistant: Ms. Suzanne Todd, Envision Media Arts
Mongkol Keo .... production intern
Madison Lacerte .... production secretary
Erik Anders Lang .... electronic press kit (as Erik Lang)
Amanda MacLachlan .... assistant: Ms. Jones, Envision Media Arts
Elizabeth Meza .... production intern (as Ely Meza)
Kevin J. Miller .... production intern (as Kevin Miller)
Erica Mills .... production coordinator: Rhode Island
Ita Nagy .... Distribution Legal (Cohen Gardner )
Apryl Parker .... craft service: Rhode Island
Athena Pesante .... production coordinator
Bruce Resnik .... script supervisor
Joseph Riccitelli .... set production assistant: Rhode Island
Alicia Richards .... set medic (as Alica Richards)
Ana Rivera .... craft service (as Ana Delmi Rivera)
Terri Roidriguez .... adr loop group
Mark Rosen .... location assistant: Rhode Island
Tommy Ruth .... set production assistant: Rhode Island
Warren Sroka .... adr loop group
David Tish .... production executive: Envision Media Arts
Maria Tonry .... set production assistant: Rhode Island
Lisa Wilhoit .... adr loop group
Michael Zamboni .... location manager
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control (uncredited)
Raquel Kalina .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lare Alexander Short .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Craig Alpert .... thanks
Quincy Jones .... thanks
Rena Ronson .... thanks
Maia Rossini .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use
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USA:92 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
After seeing this film, Pixar executive and Toy Story director John Lasseter hired Will McCormack and Rashida Jones to write Toy Story 4.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Celeste's bangs (hairstyle) noticeably change between several takes.See more »
Quotes:
Riley:You know what your problem is? Contempt before investigation. You think you're smarter than everybody else.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Baby (Biggest Crush Edit)See more »

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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
"Celeste and Jesse" uses its humor to subvert the "it's complicated" relationship formula, 31 August 2012
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

Lots of comedies in the last year or so have focused on whether two people can be involved sexually without being involved romantically. "Celeste and Jesse Forever" asks if two people who were involved sexually can be involved platonically. Both beat the dead horse of "complicated" relationships in film, but what's nice about "Celeste and Jesse" is that it never loses its comic edge in spite of melodrama.

Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg star as the titular couple in the process of a divorce, but because they spent so long as best friends, they have no concept of needing to draw boundaries.

It's a tough sell early on, that two people could go through a divorce yet essentially live together and spend time together in a somewhat intimate fashion. Jones, who co-wrote the script with Will McCormack (who has a supporting role), chooses to make Celeste and Jesse opposites in terms of professional status (he's a slacker artist, she's a big-deal trend forecaster) in order to justify why, despite their fabulous on-screen chemistry, they're not meant to stay married. It takes a bit of story wizardry, namely physical obstacles that force them apart, but somehow it makes sense, probably because Jones and Samberg are so likable.

The story then plays out like the emotional roller coaster of a relationship between two people who feel one thing but do another. It's exhausting, at times, as a third-party observer, to watch them fall in and out of the same predictable problems. A few scenes will certainly elicit shouts at the screen of "just get back together already!" or "stop screwing around and end it!" — depending on the scene.

Naturally, each character has his and her attempts to rebound by going on dates with other people and trying new relationships. To this point we've seen enough of the formula to know how that part of the story goes: two former lovers get mad at each other, the one who didn't really want to split rebounds first, the other says they're really happy for that person but secretly can't stand it, etc. That's all here in "Celeste and Jesse Forever."

So what's the saving grace? Something that makes "Celeste and Jesse" stand out from the pack? The answer is the simple refusal to ever take itself too seriously. Without it, the film would likely devolve into a train wreck of predictable moments.

In spite of the absurd tear count in the movie, Celeste is never shy about cracking a joke, nor the script afraid go out on a limb with something more extreme and less believable. This, in a movie that so fiercely tries to capture the gray area in relationships in a truthful way. Humor keeps the film in check, especially for us, who would otherwise happily chop up the script and divide the pieces into piles marked "realistic" and "unrealistic." The quirkier tone and moments maintain the soft illusion of a more fantastical real-life relationship story.

Director Lee Toland Krieger nicely flows back and forth between both up-close-and-personal realism and more standard-order comedy camera-work. On a few occasions he makes bold choices, some that work, some that backfire, but the comic and dramatic moments almost never butt heads.

Life in Los Angeles is, for many, a fantasy of a sort, and "Celeste and Jesse" could easily be deemed a story that could "only happen in L.A." In addition to the frozen yogurt and the exposure of the fraud that is trendy exercise, Celeste works in the entertainment industry and post-Jesse she's set up on all these dates with successful creative people. Scenes take place in all kinds of exotic clubs, so much of the context surrounding these characters oozes with a superficiality that makes the film both great and disturbing.

A little more troubling is the legit problem that Jesse disappears in large chunks of this film. There's a reason Celeste comes first in the billing, and that's because the movie only shows intimate moments featuring her (and the ones she shares with Jesse). Samberg doesn't get much of a chance to prove himself as a talent that can go below the surface. The script treats Jesse like a child, kind of like the way Celeste sees him. There's artist value to this decision, but the moments between the two of them are too lopsided in our minds. Great romance movies get you charged up because you feel a certain way about both characters, and in this film we only really feel what Celeste feels.

There's something special in "Celeste and Jesse," however, some rare ability to see the humor in the personally tragic, the potential for levity and irony in any situation. The emotional place that these two best friends arrive at in the end might not be as satisfying as that in a strong romance or rom-com, nor as poetic as in a tragedy, but with its playful disposition, it manages to carve out a place that's different, one that stands out from the pack just enough.

~Steven C

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