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At Theaters: 10/15/1999 On Video: 2/15/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119914
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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While their children area way at summer camp, Ben and Katie Jordan make the painful decision to separate as they wrestle with the paradox that the qualities which made them fall in love in the first place are now the very thing pulling them apart.
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Romantic Comedy - Older females, couples, and fans of stars Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer will be the ones who most likely enjoy this romantic comedy-drama. Teens, and certainly children will be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Bruce Willis (The Sixth Sense)
Michelle Pfeiffer (The Deep End of the Ocean)
Rita Wilson (Runaway Bride, Sleepless in Seattle)
Director: Rob Reiner (The American President)
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting non-sexual nudity.
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DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Fairly frequent alcohol use.
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COMEDY: A number of humorous lines and situations, a lot of which are sex-related.
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Average
The screen pairing of macho action star Bruce Willis and serious actress Michelle Pfeiffer appears to be an odd one, and it is the tale of their surprising electricity together that is the only story worth telling from The Story of Us--certainly not the messy contrivances of this wannabe weepie romantic comedy-drama.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 250 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
17
Very High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
23
Fairly High
87%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
47
High
98%
30+Adults (M)
48
High
83%
30+Adults (F)
106
High
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
After 15 years, Ben and Katie Jordan are wrestling with the universal paradox: why are the qualities that made them fall in love in the first place now the very things pulling them apart?

Emotionally drained from their relationship, the Jordans attempt a trial separation while their children, Josh, 12, and Erin, 10, are away at summer camp. For both Ben and Katie, fighting has lately become the condition rather than the exception, and they believe that their only option is a silent retreat to neutral corners. During their time apart, both Ben and Katie reflect on the value of their shared history -- the dance, perfected over time, that has made them an "us."

Michelle Pfeiffer is Katie Jordan, the designated driver of the marriage. She likes having everything in its place, knowing that there are answers to the little questions and having a sense of closure. Her career as a crossword-puzzle designer fulfills her need to know that the little world on that half page is complete. And this is why Katie fell in love with Ben's (Bruce Willis) imagination, spontaneity and playfulness.

Ben, a writer, is a true romantic who believes in happy endings. But life demands some attention to details, and Ben doesn't know where the Bactine is and he lets his washer-fluid light blink incessantly red. Ben's philosophy, as Katie describes it, is comparable to the children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harold is a little boy who draws the world the way he wants it to be and not the way it actually is.

How can these qualities that were once so endearing become so infuriating that you lose sight of what is important? At what point do you forget that without the other person you are incomplete?

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