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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.

Director:

Rob Reiner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Ben Jordan
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Katie Jordan
Colleen Rennison ... Erin Jordan at Ten
Jake Sandvig ... Josh Jordan at Twelve
Casey Boersma ... Josh Jordan at Two and a Half
Tim Matheson ... Marty
Rob Reiner ... Stan
Julie Hagerty ... Liza
Rita Wilson ... Rachel
Dylan Boersma ... Josh Jordan at Three
Ken Lerner ... Dr. Rifkin
Victor Raider-Wexler ... Dr. Hopkins
Albert Hague ... Dr. Siegler
Jayne Meadows ... Dot
Tom Poston ... Harry
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Storyline

Ben and Katie married fifteen years ago and gifted with two children. They stay together but their hearts had separated long back. After the kids are send to summer camp both start living separately and eventually preparing to break news of their separation to the kids. But being alone in each one's own world makes them to think about the other. When the D-day comes Katie and Ben stick together for the good of their children. Written by Thejus Joseph Jose

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Taglines:

Can a marriage survive 15 years of marriage?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuestro amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,673,080, 17 October 1999

Gross USA:

$27,100,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,900,031
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The last full length feature film of Red Buttons. See more »

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During the start of the "there is no ass" conversation between the Reiner and Willis characters as the camera goes backwards, you can see the white tennis shoes/legs of a crew member walking backwards in the reflection of the glass railing. See more »

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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 IKeillerSee 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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