The Story of Us (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Story of Us (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Lack of chemistry between Bruce Willis and Michelle Pheiffer worsens the dull and predictable story.

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Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this romantic comedy as Ben and Katie Jordan, a couple who have been married for fifteen years. They have two great kids, a nice home, and a comfortable life, but somewhere down the line, the spark went out of their marriage, and they find that they don't really love each other anymore. With their relationship at a crossroads, Ben and Katie, two different people who have never felt more different, have to decide if they want to try to salvage their marriage, or if it's time to move on. The Story of Us was directed by Rob Reiner, and features Julie Hagerty, Tim Matheson, Paul Reiser, Tom Poston, Rita Wilson, and Jayne Meadows.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Bruce Willis
as Ben Jordan
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Katie Jordan
Rob Reiner
as Stan
Rita Wilson
as Rachel
Matthew Moreno
as Taxi Driver
Colleen Rennison
as Erin at 10
Jake Sandvig
as Josh at 12
Tom Poston
as Harry
Betty White
as Lillian
Red Buttons
as Arnie
Phil Hawn
as Restaurant Patron
Bill Kirchenbauer
as Eddie Kirby
Jordan Lund
as Minister
Lucy Webb
as Joanie Kirby
Art Evans
as George
Ken Lerner
as Dr. Rifkin
Victor Raider-Wexler
as Dr. Hopkins
Albert Hague
as Dr. Siegler
Alan Zweibel
as Uncle Shelly
Adam Zweibel
as Camper
Jessie Nelson
as Realtor
Tommy Tang
as Cooking Teacher
Gu Yaping
as Store Clerk
James J. Ritz
as Maitre d'
Casey Boersma
as Josh at Two and a Half
Dylan Boersma
as Josh at Three
Daniel Henson
as Josh at Seven
Tara Blanchard
as Erin at Five
Ryan Townsend
as Waiter
Robert Alan Beuth
as Obstetrician
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Critic Reviews for The Story of Us

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (25)

Its manufactured crises and too-glib jokes give it a facile, fraudulent air.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Story of Us is a story of confused intentions and misused talents.

January 1, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

This is a second-rate Woody Allen midlife crisis comedy without the laughs.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

This one gets stuck in a rut pretty early on and has difficulty rising out of it.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

There is a desperate phoniness about director Rob Reiner's The Story of Us.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The Story of Us is all too willing to settle for superficial comedy and pat answers at the expense of real insight.

January 1, 2000
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Story of Us

Hey...If I want relationship trouble I'll get a wife and start picking on all that she does. Pfeiffer was good though.

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

½

Director Rob Reiner's somber study of the collapse of a 15-year marriage probably wasn't intended to be so depressing. In using a continual flashback/flashforward style of storytelling, he ends up putting too much emphasis on the bickering between heartbroken mates and not enough on their early years of love and harmony. This lack of balance mars what might have been a touching, involving movie.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I love this film. Rob Reiner rocks. The story winds as a couple grows apart and somehow back together. Seems to show a true version of love and all that comes with it.

Keysha H
Keysha H

Super Reviewer

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