The Story of Us

Released 1999


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The Story of Us

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Rob Reiner

The Story of Us is a heart wrenching story of a marriage on the brink of dissolving. Ben (Bruce Willis) and Katie Jordan (Michelle Pfeiffer) are growing weary of the constant fighting and bickering their marriage has evolved into. Married for 15 years and parents to Erin (Colleen Renninson) and Josh (Jake Snadvig), they're unsure if they still love one another. Following another blowout argument, the couple decide to have a trial separation while the kids are at summer camp. This film follows the Jordans as they reflect back on their marriage, remembering the good, the bad and the ugly parts of their 15 year union. Their story is related through flashbacks and through an interesting film technique Reiner employs that sees the characters talking directly to the viewer. Will a summer of reminiscing and reflection be enough to repair the fractured relationship and mend the marriage? Directed by acclaimed film maker Rob Reiner, The Story of Us features an all-star supporting cast including Rita Wilson, Betty White and Paul Reiser.


Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Wants to be an honest look at the problems that can beset a modern marriage, and be funny at the same time, but it doesn't have the skills or the temperament to pull all that off.

  • 50

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    The stylistic devices used, which recall early Woody Allen and Paul Mazursky, get increasingly tedious, disrupting not only the sequence of events but also squelching audience symp...

  • 20

    The New York Times

    Though it sets out to explain why this marriage is worth saving, The Story of Us could prompt even single members of the audience to file for divorce.

  • Starts off sophisticated but becomes crude.

    It was a disappointment. So much so this viewer turned it off three quarters of the way through. Personally I can't stand it when people use the f-bomb with reference to sex . Why can't they just say 'sex'? That really killed it for me. The acting was so so-really nothing that spectacular. Rob Reiner made some appearances in this film but essentially contributed little except an ass metaphor for truth & reality. There was little in the way of insight gleaned from the arguments between the two lead characters which made their relationship appear to be deadwood. Most arguments are a little bit more interesting than this I think. Probably best to just avoid. Cinematic equivalent of a waffle with nothing on it.moreless

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Comedy, Drama


Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy