Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Fine Friendship in ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever’

August 29, 2012

The new romantic comedy 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' seems upon first glance to be part of the new breed of 21st Century Rom-Coms, filled with the traditional " push-me-pull-you" struggles, but with repartee on relevant pop culture and social idioms, mixed with stinging commentary on current trends and modern relationship woes. And while there are parts of the film that harken back to the classic comedies of the past, and other parts that signal a nod to the new breed of the genre, 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' blazes its own trail due to the intuitive writing of Will McCormack and Rashida Jones.

Jones, who stars in the film as Celeste, is known more often for a couple of reasons other than for her writing: she's the child of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, and she's a star on the hit television show "Parks and Rec." But she's her own woman when it comes to writing and pursuing her goals of getting 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' from the page to the screen. And part of the plan was to have her partner-in-crime Will McCormack be there with her on the project.

Cinemark sat down with Jones and McCormack about their recent film and asked if the Celeste and Jesse characters mirrored hers and Will's relationship, both past and present, there's a bit of "life imitates art" in their replies. "At one point our relationship was a lot like Rashida and Andy's in the film," shares McCormack." We are best friends and we definitely drew from our friendship."

"The story also came from friends of ours who were involved in really dysfunctional relationships that they were unable to approach honestly in an adult way," Jones adds. "It was like we had a moment when we determined that we were better off as friends. It just sort of evolved for us and ran that way." Read the rest of the interview here.

'Celeste and Jesse Forever' is sharp, witty and heartbreakingly funny. It's a testament to Jones and McCormack's abilities to bend and re-shape a tried and true genre into something that captivates the audience with humor and pathos. The film is now showing at CineArts locations. Purchase your tickets now!

Have you seen 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' in theatres? If so, what did you think of it?