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The Story of Us (1999)

Bruce Willis , Michelle Pfeiffer , Rob Reiner  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rob Reiner, Tim Matheson, Rita Wilson
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783240198
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Story of Us" on IMDb

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    After 15 years of marriage, Ben (Bruce Willis) is still the free-spirited person he's always been while Katie (Michelle Pfeiffer) is left to handle life's messy little problems. So when the kids go off to summer camp, they face the most important decision of their married life. Do they end their story or begin a new chapter? From start to finish, Rob Reiner gives us reason to laugh and cry in his entertaining outlook on marriage.

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    50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars When Harry Left Sally... February 7, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    Occasionally shallow, occasionally moving, 'The Story of Us' is a rollercoaster ride through a couple's relationship, focusing on the myriad moments that defined their love, hate, and indifference. Structurally, the film is almost a clone of Rob Reiner's earlier 'When Harry Met Sally', complete with actor-to-audience monologues, flashforwards and flashbacks, and wisecracking supporting characters who are occasionally more interesting than the leads.
    The subject, a marriage that is unravelling, does not necessarily make for a great theatre date movie (I can't see somebody saying, "Hey, baby, let's go see 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf' to get in 'the mood'"), but on video, the film's many subtleties and moods can be truly appreciated.
    The two leads, Bruce Willis, as a laid-back, disorganized comedy writer, and Michelle Pfeiffer, as a tightly-wound writer of crossword puzzles, have a lot of charm, but give uneven performances. One wishes that Willis' intensity and energy in the restaurant scene with Rob Reiner and Rita Wilson, or Pfeiffer's, in the climactic speech at the film's conclusion, could have been maintained through the entire film. There are a few too many moments where the actors coast, for the film to be truly great.
    The high point of the film comes near the conclusion, when Pfeiffer flashes back through a montage of the major moments of her marriage. Until this sequence, the relationship doesn't have an emotional core, something to really make us sympathize with the couple. Reiner depends heavily on the stars' charisma to involve us, but the nature of the story works against this. This isn't a knock at Willis and Pfeiffer; I'm not sure Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan could have pulled it off, either!
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    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Too close to home May 8, 2001
    A suprizingly stinging movie to those who have been divorced or who have had marital troubles.
    So what's not to like about Bruce Willis and Michele Pfeiffer ideally mated in a movie? Well, dispite the fact that they are beautiful film stars, they are portrayed as a man and a woman with unfortunately normal problems that hit pretty much on target to myself and my wife (both second marriages).
    He is wild eyed and spontaneous, she is preoccupied with the car not having wiper fluid. He likes sex with as the mood strikes, she wants to make sure that they haven't forgotten to put tooth fairy quarters under the pillows. I could go on and on, but if you have been in a long term relationship, this will hit you hard somewhere, because even the beautiful people with lots of money have pretty much the exact same kind of problems keeping things working right, man and woman wise.
    Would have been 5 stars with a divorce at the end, but after 90 minutes of fighting, we get a last second syrupy ending. You can feel it coming, but still worth seeing.
    Think of the title: "beautiful people act out the fight we just had yesterday".
    Recommended for adults only, kids will yawn and newlyweds will remark "this could never happen to us".
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Story of "All" of Us September 22, 2001
    There's an underlying sadness that permeates this story of a marriage in trouble after fifteen years and two children that is so readily and immediately discernible that initially it becomes difficult to proceed. And you quickly realize that it's because "The Story of Us," directed by Rob Reiner, is indeed a story about loss, which is something that affects everyone in some way or another, at one time or another, and depending upon your personal frame of reference and experience, it's a story that is going to affect you on any number of levels. Because loss comes in many forms; sometimes it leaves nothing more than a blip on the surface of your Moon, while at other times it leaves a gaping crater on the landscape of your World, and whichever it is in your case, this film is going to address it and perhaps make you revisit a time or place that maybe you've locked away in the dim recesses of your memory for better or worse. One thing is certain, this film is going to make you take pause and reflect for a moment or two. Because "Us," anyway you slice it, is a film about you and me.
    Reflection is the key word here, for Reiner has crafted a film that is steeped in it; it's the way the characters involved play through the drama of their immediate lives and attempt to get on with it. And it becomes an almost voyeuristic journey as you watch two people attempting to discover just what went wrong with their love, and not only when, but why. Katie Jordan (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Ben Jordan (Bruce Willis) had it all at one time, but something happened; something in the fifteen years between the merging of two lives into one, during which they brought two children into the world and knew true happiness, and the realization that things had changed suddenly.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars That was a great movie August 14, 2000
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    Format:VHS Tape
    The story line for this movie is perfectly believable. It has to do with love conquering all...especially time. Being married and around one another all the time tends to weigh on you sometimes. This movie shows what happens when two people drift apart without realizing it, and their struggle to find their way back (and decision on whether or not they should even try). The comedy is hilarious, but most importantly the movie is touching--just try not to cry. This movie is a must buy.....
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    all is great
    Published 14 days ago by Armond Martin
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great shipping received earlier than expected
    Great shipping received earlier than expected. Movie however sticks in spots. But for a penny it was a great deal!
    Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Stanley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Best movie for couples who sometimes have to check why they are together....
    Published 2 months ago by ana melendez
    1.0 out of 5 stars The CD was of poor quality.
    The CD was scratched and unwatchable. It would play, skip, and eventually stopped playing. Same on all DVD players owned.
    Published 4 months ago by SHIRLEY PITTMAN
    2.0 out of 5 stars movie rating
    The Story of Us movie wasn't great at keeping my interest. Fireproof was wonderful and i'd recommend it to my married friends.
    Published 5 months ago by Kimberly Williams
    5.0 out of 5 stars AWWWWW
    I loved this movie so much I had to purchase it. Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfieffer are great together. I have watched this several times since receiving it.
    Published 5 months ago by Dionne Konrad
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Moments that Define Life and Happiness
    In every marriage there comes a time to reevaluate as is the case in the Story of US. Parents who have it right, to keep their marital problems and things that children should not... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by R. L. Davenport
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is good story of couples and parents.
    I like this movie. This is good story of couples and parents.
    I could think my relationship with my spouse and also with my parents.
    I recommend this movie for family.
    Published 9 months ago by Jae Won Lee
    4.0 out of 5 stars Letting yourself be vulnerable.
    Enjoyable story of a couple realizing how perfect they are for each other after a few years of marriage and a couple of kids. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by D. Durah
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Willis fan
    Bruce Willis is a very good actor no matter what role he plays. The ending of this move was very nice - I like happy endings.
    Published 13 months ago by movie buff
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