LA Times: Celeste and Jesse Forever' divorce in and pal around L.A.
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Celeste and Jesse Forever' divorce in and pal around L.A.
'Celeste and Jesse Forever,' starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as a divorcing couple who try to best friends, is a tour of one Los Angeles experience.
Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones star in "Celeste and Jesse Forever." (Sony Pictures Classics)
In the new romantic comedy "Celeste and Jesse Forever," Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg play a young Los Angeles couple who attempt to remain best friends as they go through a divorce.
Written by Jones and Will McCormack, the film, opening Friday, takes the pair through a cityscape that will seem very familiar to many professional, thirtysomething Angelenos: Up-and-coming marketer Celeste and unemployed artist Jesse traverse an L.A. of canyon hikes, frozen yogurt shops and funky bars.
Because of the independent production's storytelling aims and its $1-million budget, director Lee Toland Krieger shot the Sony Pictures Classics film mostly in and around Hollywood, Echo Park and Silver Lake, where locations and permits are cheaper and easier to procure than in West Hollywood or on the Westside.
And unlike many studio romantic comedies that place young strivers in luxe surroundings they could never afford, the settings in "Celeste and Jesse Forever" are meant to reflect the lifestyle of Generation Xers who are financially comfortable but not wealthy — people residing somewhere at the nexus of Prius and IKEA.
"We wanted to give it the feeling of the L.A. we all know," said producer Jennifer Todd. "And one that felt appropriate to where they are in their lives."
Here's a look at some of the key locations:
Stories Books and Cafe
1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
In one of the movie's many awkward moments, a separated Celeste and Jesse are browsing the stacks at this homey bookstore when they run into a woman Jesse recently dated.