The Story of Us
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||Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce Willis, Rita Wilson,
Rob Reiner, Paul Reiser
They'd be bored and there's a lot of swearing.
She'll make you go after seeing
Hold her hand and tell her either "I love you." or
No nudity, but Pfeiffer looks great in a bra and
some other steamy scenes.
Looking at life kind of laughs.
Any scene where the cast of characters are at
dinner or lunch.
Quite a few made me chuckle or grin.
Alan Zweibel, Jessie Nelson
This is a weird review I have to write
because I have my own feelings about marriage, about
divorce, and about problems. So I suppose lets start with a
quick synopsis of "The Story of Us."
The Story of Us
A Movie Review
"The Story of Us" tells the impending break up of a
mostly happily married couple, Katie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and
Ben (Bruce Willis). It's another summer and the kids are off
to summer camp. They've been having their marital problems
for a while and what better time to try a separation than
while the kids are at camp. They do their best to keep up
appearances while the kids are around, but it's obvious when
they're alone in the SUV that there are seemingly
insurmountable problems. So Ben moves to a hotel while Katie
stays at home, and for a movie we get to see flashbacks of
the good times and the bad, we get to see advice from
friends as only friends can give, and we get to see Katie
and Ben deal with almost truly being apart from each other.
Can they try again to get out of the valley and climb the
mountain of love or will their marriage finally go under
with the next downpour (how's that for a metaphor, or an
example, or a lovely way to use different words to describe
a situation, or, well, you get the idea)? Anyway, they've
been married 15 years and in today's society their marriage
would probably be history because it just seems to easier to
call it quits, at least in my opinion, than to make a
marriage last till death do they part, and, well, I have
never been married, my longest relationship hasn't really
been that long, but my parents are approaching forty years
together, and even though they've had their share of
problems, and even though there are times I can hear the
frustration in their voice about the other, there are those
times when leaving the other doesn't happen, not because of
fear as Ben's friend Dave (Rob Reiner) says, but I think
they stay together (at least in my maybe delusional mind)
simply because, in the end, they love each other.
Alright, how's that for a tangent. Anyway, in my mind,
"The Story of Us" isn't so much a movie about how the little
things can drive people apart, it's about, and especially
with the "brought a tear to my eye" profession of Katie at
the end, that in the end it's the little things that keep
people together, but sadly, at least the way I see it, most
people forget them.
Yea, "The Story of Us" is a chick flick, and dudes,
you'll probably have to go because you made her see "Fight
Club," but it is a good look at why, in the end, it might
actually make sense to work things out rather than start
over. Maybe just call me a romantic at heart but I love
Ben's story at the beginning of the couple that stays
together, one partner dies and a few days later the other
dies because they can't live without them. All I know is I'm
glad the movie ended like it did or else I might never have
given another thought to finding Mrs. Right (Get it, Mrs.
Right, and I'm The Dude on the Right? Oh, never mind.)
Thinking about it I guess this movie grew on me a little.
I thought Bruce Willis did a pretty good job at being the,
well, sometimes lost puppy-like husband, and Michelle
Pfeiffer, well, looks aside because if my wife looked like
her I'd do anything she said, but she clicked with Bruce,
made the marriage seem believable, and the two of them
combined helped to show that sometimes a marriage isn't
worth giving up on. I give "The Story of Us" 3 ½ stars
out of 5.
That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!!!