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The Story of Us
Can a marriage survive 15 years of marriage?
Ben (Bruce Willis) and Katie (Michelle Pfieffer) have two kids and a history, but that isn't enough to keep them together. With the help of their friends (Rob Reiner and Rita Wilson) they try to negotiate the choppy waters of matrimony.
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|Told partly in flashback, The Story of Us is the story of a marriage and the stresses and joys that are part of sharing a life with someone.|
Ben and Katie have a life and a history and two kids who they are sending off to camp while they separate.
When is that moment in a marriage when a spoon is just a spoon? When fighting becomes the only language of a relationship, everything that is said has layers of subtext heard only by the partner. Issues accumulate, and they overwhelm the comfort and happy moments that also make up the story.
Rob Reiner appears and helms this sensitively-handled story. Ben and Katie are helped and hindered in their struggle by their friends, one of whom Reiner plays. The friends bring added stories to the film, and underline the issues that Ben and Katie have.
Finally you come face to face with the immutable truth that its virtually impossible to french kiss a person who takes the new roll of toilet paper and leaves it resting on top of the empty cardboard roll -- does he not see it?
With friends like Rita Wilson and Paul Reiser how bad could things be?
The Story of Us has wit and compassion, looking at human frailities and strengths and all played against a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack that says the two words that were lacking, "I'm sorry."
|by Ali Kayn|
Due for Australian release March 16, 2000
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