THE STORY OF US
About The Production
The history of The Story of Us
began with a conversation between Rob Reiner and producer/writer Alan Zweibel
when they were working on the film North.
"We started talking about doing a movie about what it means to be married
for a long period of time... the ins and outs, the difficulties of staying
married," says Reiner. "Our couple is going through a lot, and they're
going to determine whether or not they're able to make a go of it or wind up
getting divorced." Reiner continues that "there are movies about
people getting divorced and the trauma of divorce, but you never see movies
about all the stuff in between, the difficulties of what it is to have an
ongoing, committed relationship."
The producers/writers, Alan Zweibel and Jessie Nelson, delved into this
project utilizing their own personal experiences to truthfully examine marriage.
As Nelson says, "No one ever told me how hard it would be. You fall in and
out of love. There are magical times, and then there are challenging
Zweibel adds, "A lot of the scenes did, in fact, happen to me in my life. I
was living a lot of it, as were Jessie and Rob." At times, Zweibel says, he
had no idea how certain scenes would turn out until he resolved them in his own
marriage. Zweibel and Nelson would collaborate on a Monday morning and, says
Zweibel, "We got together and it became almost like therapy sessions."
The title of the film was also a
collaboration between Zweibel and Nelson. Jessie went to meet Alan at his home
for a preliminary project meeting. During her visit, Jessie noticed a beautiful
book- a bound and illustrated narrative written by Alan as a gift to his wife
titled The Story of Us. In this book, he composed an account of their
relationship's highs and lows. Zweibel explained that for every holiday,
birthday and anniversary he would buy a present for his wife and, inevitably,
she would return it the very next day. This gift-giving "ceremony"
continued throughout the first decade of their marriage until, for their 10th
wedding anniversary, Alan created this account of their relationship, which he
determined she could not return to any store! Nelson knew that The Story of Us
was the perfect title for the project they were scripting.
Nelson remembers the first time she heard Pfeiffer at a table reading. "It
was a mind-blowing experience. We knew what an extraordinary actress she was and
how moving it would be, but we had no idea how funny she was!"
Recalling her first impression of the script, Pfeiffer says "it was so
funny and smart. I don't think there has been a movie about this subject matter.
When you see a story about a marriage on the rocks, or a relationship falling
apart, it is usually the result of something huge. The truth of the matter is,
most relationships or marriages fall apart because of the day to day
This daily grind has been felt by a plethora of women, including many
crewmembers who were involved in the making of the film. One member of the crew
explained the film to her friend by declaring that "Michelle Pfeiffer is
Pfeiffer tends to agree with this statement, "Katie is like a lot of women
that I know who are basically juggling everything, and I think [they] get
overwhelmed by that and begin to resent their mates for not meeting them
"Eventually, over time, you just lose touch with each other, wi
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