Told in an engaging collage of direct camera confessionals, flashbacks, roundtable discussions, and montages, Rob Reiner's THE STORY OF US, a sweet romantic comedy featuring solid performances by Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer, examines the difficulty of preserving marriage in America and the dual lives married couples often must endure. The "us" are Ben and Katie Jordan (Willis and Pfeiffer), a professional, and by all appearances happily married, suburban couple with two well-adjusted children, Erin and Josh; the "story," however, is that their marriage is actually crumbling at an alarming rate, a truth they endeavor to hide from their loving kids. Luckily, they can postpone the admission of dissolution because of the children's departure to summer camp, with the possibility that things will work out in the ensuing months. However, as time passes, tempers flare, Ben moves out, Katie meets a charming divorcé at a cooking class, and, as the inevitable return of Erin and Josh closes to a week, there is no apparent hope of resolution. Will the two be forced to present their kids with an awful fact of life, or can they rediscover their passion for each other and renew their love?
Rob Reiner - American Director/Actor
Jeffrey Scott - Producer, "PRINCESS BRIDE"
Bruce Willis - American actor, THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)
Tim Matheson - Actor/director, ANIMAL HOUSE
Frank Capra Jr. - Producer
Jessie Nelson - Director/Screenwriter
Rita Wilson - Supporting actress and producer
Paul Reiser - American Actor/Comedian
Alan Zweibel - SCREENWRITER/PRODUCER
Marc Shaiman - American Composer
Michelle Pfeiffer - American actress, SCARFACE, DANGEROUS LIAISONS
Eric Clapton - British Songwriter/Musician, "Layla"
Eric Clapp - British Songwriter/Musician, "Layla"
An emotional, romantic story about a married couple's struggle to maintain their relationship. In an effort to discover the true meaning of their 15 years together, they attempt a trial separation while their children are at summer camp.
Theatrical release: October 15, 1999. Director Rob Reiner appears in the film as Stan. Rita Wilson, who plays Rachel in the film, is married to Tom Hanks. In one scene, Ben (Bruce Willis) and Katie (Michelle Pfeiffer) begin to make love while George Bush gives a speech on a television in the background. During this scene, Willis passionately mouths some of the Republican U.S. President's familiar mannerisms. Willis is a well-known contributor and public supporter of the Republican Party.
"...[Pfeiffer] breaks your heart..." - 11/11/1999 Rolling Stone, p.146
"...Reiner creates something unexpected, a marital romance..." -- Rating: A- - 11/12/1999 Entertainment Weekly, p.57
"...Prettily shot..." - 06/01/2000 Sight and Sound, p.55-6