"Romantic comedies today are called 'romcoms'. This is why they are no good: we can't even bring ourselves to say the two words. We have no faith in either category, much less their unification. 'Romcom' implies a little bit of love but not too much, and a little bit of comedy, but not too much ("not too much" being all they can give)." Jeanine Basinger, 2013.
Celeste & Jesse are getting a divorce. They're also remaining best friends, never spending any time apart despite their faded romantic connection. But when Jesse gets serious with another woman, it becomes clear that they aren't totally over each other. Intriguing premise done in by awkward, self-consciously quirky script. Nice moments from the leads can't save the stilted structure & inconsistent characterization.
I found it surprisingly enjoyable! Not totally original but the acting was really solid from both the leads and it was very funny when it needed to be and emotional when it needed to be. Samberg and Jones both have very strong screen presence. Also I really liked the message of the film. I would recommend it.
A film about a singular relationship that had it's moments, but overall was depressing - and not enlightening-depressing, like Closer, for example. It didn't take itself seriously enough to really pull at my heart strings, instead it just kind of put me in a weird mood. Not to say the acting or production was bad it all, in fact, quite the opposite.