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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 (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783240198
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Story of Us" on IMDb

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  • Editorial Reviews

    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.

    Customer Reviews

    It is a celebration of the marriage in the face of the realities of life.
    Jane James
    Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and the rest of the cast, have outdone themselves with their performances, which are exceptional to say the least.
    L Gontzes
    I remember wanting to see this movie when it first came out, thinking that it looked pretty funny.
    R. Graff

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    49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J Burgraff VINE VOICE on 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 By Don Braymer on May 8, 2001
    Format: DVD
    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 By Reviewer on September 22, 2001
    Format: DVD
    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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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robyn Olson on March 24, 2000
    Format: VHS Tape
    This film should be required viewing for anyone even thinking about getting married. Many people believe in the simplistic "happily ever after" concept. This film shows what real marriage is all about. Anyone who's ever been in a failed marriage will immediately recognize themselves and their former spouses. And anyone who plans on getting married needs to see that real life has nothing to do with roses and candlelight. This is the most accurate depiction of married life I've ever seen in any film.
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