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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The more these two likable people rattled on, the more I found myself thinking about the elusive distinction between characters talking genuinely smart talk and simply chattering for the camera.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Jones is great in the part, even if this movie doesn't quite prove she should be carrying films on her own, and the actress makes her character's clumsy heartache feel like more than a plot point.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Unlike most rom-coms, Celeste and Jesse Forever delves into the complicated heart of relationships, exposes some painful truths and allows melancholy to co-exist alongside breezy humor.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    I will say that it's been a while since a romantic comedy mustered this much charm by looking this much like life.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Talky hipster romcom explores the "perfect" divorce.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Celeste and Jesse Forever is an indie romcom that adds an interesting twist to the genre's typical formula but falls short of greatness, despite hip stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg. Older teens might find the concept refreshing, but the divorce/break-up-centric material could be a tad heavy (and the scenes talky) for younger teens and tweens. Expect plenty of swearing (particularly "f--k"), a scene of pot smoking (as well as additional references to drugs), some drinking, make-out scenes, lewd jokes, and implied sex and masturbation (though no outright nudity).

  • Families can talk about how Celeste and Jesse Forever handles the theme of romance. Is it saying anything different than other romcoms? Does it rely on stereotypes?
  • Do you think Celeste and Jesse's situation is realistic? Is their "solution" manageable?
  • Parents, talk to your kids about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: It's the way a break-up is handled that separates the kind from the hurtful.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Celeste and Jesse mean well, and they really seem to care for each other deeply and want to do the right thing. But they're also messy and careless. And despite being seemingly progressive in the way it explores break-ups, the movie does trot out some tired tropes about heartbroken women.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: A couple is shown kissing and then under the covers; it's implied that they slept together. A guy pleasures himself while he's kissing a woman, and she’s not pleased. A suggestive joke about lip balm has suggestive references to masturbation.

  • language false4

    Language: Fairly frequent use of "f--k," plus "shite," stupid, "a--hole," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Apple logo visible on a computer. IKEA is mentioned.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke pot from a bong. References to getting high. Some social drinking at bars and while people are relaxing at home.