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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 divorci at a cooking class, and, as the inevitable return of Erin and Josh closes to a week, there i...
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CastPaul Reiser
DirectorRob Reiner
Release Date:  1999
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Universal Studios Home Video (February 15, 2000)
Runtime:  1hr 36min
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review by . February 23, 2000
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Pros: Realistic look into human relationships     Cons: Didn't probe deeply enough..     Based on your review of this film it is clear to see that you have never been in a serious, committed relationship. And you have never had it fall apart around you like so much hay blown away in a storm. Human relationships are not what we see on Fox courtesy of Beverly Hills 90210, or the now thankfully dead, Melrose Place. Nor are they things of fairy tales like Cinderella, …
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