From the moment you see them together, it’s clear that “Celeste and Jesse Forever” screenwriters and co-stars Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have been friends for over a decade.
“Celeste and Jesse,” which premiered Friday, stars Jones as the titular Celeste, who married her high school sweetheart Jesse (Andy Samberg). Much like Jones and McCormack, the two are best friends, laughing at the same jokes and finishing each other’s sentences.
The only problem: They’re actually in the middle of a divorce. And their friends (Ari Graynor, Elijah Wood, and McCormack) are concerned that all that jocular goodwill is an unhealthy way of coping with the breakup. Charmingly authentic, the film (directed by Lee Toland Krieger of “The Vicious Kind”) delves into the equally sad and funny complexities that come at the end of a relationship.
It’s the first feature screenplay for Jones and McCormack, who are known best for TV shows like “Parks and Recreation” (Jones) and “The Sopranos” (McCormack) and the two were clearly pleased with what they’d accomplished together, both professionally and personally. Here’s audio from the interview: