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The Story of Us (1999)

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Ben and Katie Jordan are a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erin Jordan at Ten
Josh Jordan at Twelve
Josh Jordan at Two and a Half
Josh Jordan at Three
Dr. Rifkin
Dr. Hopkins
Dr. Siegler


Two jilted lovers spend fifteen years of marriage together, only to find that they might no longer love each other. In this time they have two children and go through the various (dramatic and comical) events that take place in an average marriage. Written by Brian Levin <COMICY@aol.com>

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Can a marriage survive 15 years of marriage?


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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nuestro amor  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,673,080, 17 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,067,160, 28 November 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the DVD "making of" documentary, Bruce Willis said he'd wanted to work with Michelle Pfeiffer for a while. See more »


When Katie and Ben are in the first restaurant, Katie is shown eating with a fork in her right hand and a knife placed between her two plates. In the reverse shot the knife is gone. See more »


Stan: My ass was on television this morning.
Dave, Ben's Literary Agent: What are you telling us?
Stan: I'm telling you my ass was on television.
Dave, Ben's Literary Agent: Oh, that's right. That was that special. "The Kennedy Center Salutes 50 Years of Stan's Ass."
Stan: I went to the doctor, he took this tube that had a camera on the end of it, stuck it up my ass, and we watched it on a monitor in his office.
Ben: You had a sigmoidoscopy.
Stan: Exactly.
Dave, Ben's Literary Agent: That's a lot different than your ass being on television.
Stan: How?
Ben: Well, first of all, a network can't cancel your ass.
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Sweet, sad and, um, that's it
26 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a pretty film, often poignant, and a bit too close to the bone at times for my liking. Still, it carries you along quite nicely - making it's point that time grinds marriages down more often than affairs - and then sort of stops.

The leads were great: Willis was really good, Pfeiffer was fantastic (hey, i'm a fan, okay). But, the characters were tough to take. The self-pity was intercut with nice bits of comedy, but it felt like Reiner was cutting from a wake to a pratt-fall on occasions.

The final scenes, with Pfeiffer's frightening display of multi-emotional skill (at once excellent and utterly ghastly), betrayed the characters. Normality was implausibly resumed, and Pfeiffer came across as at fault for taking the whole film to get real, and Willis looked much relieved that she'd taken the sanity pill and he could quit trying to change himself.

And the end was a surprise. I thought there was going to be more: a deeper level of story. But it ended without a sense of closure.

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