It didn't help that I saw the ironically titled Celeste and Jesse Forever post break-up, so consider that a warning. If the humor hadn't consisted of jacking off with a piece of baby corn and a gay Elijah Wood, I would have desperately sought out the theater's nearest exit to escape the sweaty interior of the on-screen friendship. Thank goddess some people are just as perverted as I am.

Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are a couple in the process of a divorce that can't seem to stay away from each other. They're so close that their friends quiver in disgust, and I couldn't really help but do the same when they spoke to one another in faux German accents while exploring a menu at a restaurant. (I know, I know, we've all been there). While Celeste feels that the friendship is "normal," Jesse is still madly in love with her. Samberg's dopey performance captures Jesse's sense of delusional attachment perfectly. 

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Jones, who is finally in a lead role, nails her portrayal as the controlling Celeste with incisiveness--which may be attributed to that fact that she also co-wrote the film. I can't help but always want more from her when I see her in roles like Anne Perkins in Parks and Recreation, and oblivious egoism suites her. In fact, rather than a story of love or friendship, this is one of growth and self-discovery, which is how the film successfully avoids the cliche. Despite moments that seem far-fetched, the emotional odyssey that the characters engage in is all too real. Jones and her co-writer/cast-mate Will McCormack ripping a bong is just the icing on the cake. 

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