The Story of Us

October 15th, 1999


The Story of Us

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Ben and Katie Jordan are a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 5.7/10 (12,524 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Rob Reiner

Stars: Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Colleen Rennison

Two jilted lovers spend fifteen years of marriage together, only to find that they might no longer love each other. In this time they have two children and go through the various (dramatic and comical) events that take place in an average marriage.

Writers: Alan Zweibel, Jessie Nelson

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

Taglines: Can a marriage survive 15 years of marriage?


Official Website: Universal |

Release Date: 15 October 1999

Filming Locations: Culver Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,673,080 (USA) (17 October 1999) (2164 Screens)

Gross: $27,067,160 (USA) (28 November 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The last full length feature film of Red Buttons.

Continuity: On the drive to pick up the kids from camp Ben has his head turned toward Katie, but in the reverse angle Ben is looking straight ahead then turns toward Katie.

Ben: And you can take that bread and shove it up the tops of your legs!

User Review

Did you not SEE it?


When "The Story of Us" opened in 1999, the critical disdain was so overwhelming, that my fiancee and I opted not to see it. After all, the ads focussed on its romantic comedy aspects, directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally), and starred Bruce Willis (who had just undergone a public divorce).

In retrospect, it's easy to assume why it got panned... this is NOT a romantic comedy, although there are comedic elements. Those expecting a Harry/Sally II would be clearly be disappointed. Those expecting some insight to Bruce Willis' marriage, too, would be disappointed. The film is neither of those things.

Of course, had the associations not existed, and the ad campaign refocussed its efforts, the film would be far better respected. That's why time will be very kind to this film.

Not everything works. Some scenes, like the language of the women, are too profanity-laced to sound like real women (making David Mamet's writing seem like Jane Austen by comparison). There's a terrible scene with Willis in a restaurant--unrealistic, unfunny.

Why then recommend the film? Because the agony, the depth of painful emotions, are real. Find a better acting job by Willis or Pfieffer. Find one!!! Can't be done.

Do you not see it? Do you not recognize that this film has one foot firmly planted in the light comedy world, and another foot firmly planted in the incredible realism (almost too realistic) angst of a failing marriage? Do you not see it? Do you not hear Reiner's concerns projected in the scene where Willis requests to Reiser his dream of writing a book on his grandmother--is this not Reiner saying that he WOULD go further with the serious story here, but the audience, too set by his own past achievements, will not let him? Is this not exactly what happened, when _Story of Us_ was released?

Don't be fooled. This is one serious movie. It should be required viewing for all engaged couples. It's a fantastic wake-up call. The circumstances that lead up to the arguments are simplified, but the emotions are raw. I repeat, time will be very kind to this movie.


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