Best and Worst of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Lay the Favorite,' 'The Surrogate'
What to see and avoid when these flicks come your way
Best: 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'
There were plenty of rom-coms at Sundance this year, with many needing a defense on the very notion that they’re romantic. Rashida Jones’ debut screenplay can stand up for itself. It’s witty at the same time that it’s blushingly juvenile, wrapped around a story with which anybody who’s ever loved and lost can sympathize. Andy Samberg was able to baby-step into a more dramatic role while still keeping his geek-cool. Jones surrounded herself with believable and absurd supporting cast who keep a bummer of a break-up moving on, er, along.
- Katie Hasty