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.
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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.
8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
When Celeste and a suitor (Matthew Del Negro) get romantic in a suite at the storied Hollywood Hills hotel, she discovers he's more interested in his own satisfaction.
2256 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
In one of Jesse's first attempts at moving on, he decides to ask out the young counter girl he's been ogling at this yogurt shop.
Yoga at the Raven
2910 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake
With a post-downward dog glow, Celeste meets potential love interest Paul (Chris Messina) at this yoga studio.
1159 N. Western Ave., Hollywood
Celeste and Paul enter this eccentric nightclub through a wooden wardrobe door and watch as a fire eater performs at the bar.
The Coffee Table Bistro
1958 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
This Zen-like restaurant stands in for the fictional Vegan Vittles, where Jesse, who has radically cleaned up his diet in the midst of a new romance, meets up with a spiraling Celeste.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
Scenes shot in front of the Frank Gehry-designed music center bookend the film, illustrating the evolution of Celeste and Jesse's relationship.