Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer and a wonderful cast make this movie one of the best experiences of recent times. The story of a married couple losing each other and neither knows why; trying to hide it as the children grow through their early teens must touch the heart of most parents but this portrayal will reach right down inside you and tear you apart. I can feel the tears coming back even as I write this. This is a film of pure emotion so well written and beautifully directed with just the right balance of humour and tragedy and so insightful no one contemplating /in/out of a <more>
An underrated actors' piece (by dingoes_8mybaby-1)
It has been said that acting is being truthful under false circumstances; this movie is one of the most truthful I've seen, ever. In a film world where good acting has taken a backseat to realism, this movie sacrifices neither. I think the complaints primarily come from people who do not truly understand the art and craft of acting, and the script and performances would probably be appreciated more by the theatre community than those who only experience performances by going to the movies. And if you thought the script was unrealistic, well, you should probably stick with documentaries. <more>
The only deviation from a real life couple's fight in the script is that the scenes are more entertaining.
Absolutely Wonderful--And I Hate Lifetime Movies (by katherinewithak)
Okay, let's set the stage: I hate Lifetime movies for their poor acting, cheesy scripts, lack of realism, and ridiculous soap-opera style plots and "emotions." And I just ain't into all that Kleenex. Can't stand mush and not much on tearjerkers. But I truly can't relate with those saying this was an awful movie. I laughed my tail off! Hilarious! So real well, for the most part ; you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hold your breath, you'll just want more. The "moments" were very real and well-done and I agree that Willis and Pfeiffer rendered <more>
stellar performances. It WAS a romantic comedy. Did YOU see it?! Such a well-written script and excellently directed. Virtually no complaints from start to finish. Although, admittedly, I watched an "edited" version and missed all the language. Anyone who's been married any length of time and especially for a number of years will appreciate the reality and depth of emotion and meaning in this poignant movie. Sense of humor required.Totally worth seeing again and again!
A wonderful movie, but probably not for everyone (by [email protected])
The Story Of Us is a wonderful movie in its own subtle way. I won't go into specifics about the plot, as many others before me have already done that. All I will say is that it's probably not for the younger crowd. In all honesty, if I had seen this film in my early twenties and I'm now almost 40 , I wouldn't have appreciated its subtlety on long term relationships. It's aimed at those of us who have been married, or in a long term relationship. Although I don't have children, the rest of this movie had many "oh yeah" moments for me. The Story of Us, is a <more>
complex, yet ultimately simple, explanation of long term relationships...all those 'little' things about the other person that drive you insane about them, but that if you're both willing to work on, make the relationship all that much richer for it. Wonderfully thought provoking. If you have ever been in a long term adult relationship, I'd be hard pressed to see how you COULDN'T relate, at the very least, on some small level to this film.
I can't lie. I had never even heard of the movie before me and my wife borrowed the movie from her aunt, because we had just moved and our cable wasn't on yet. Anyway, it's been a long time since I've last seen the movie but it's had a lasting effect positive on my marriage. We have been trying to get our hands on an another copy of the movie, because our last copy got messed up. But as we watched the movie, we saw ourselves in the movie. We haven't been married for 15 years but we've been through some of the things that they've been through. We were amazed at <more>
how they were able to keep everything together even at separating for that short time. It even opened my eyes to a few things that I need to do, and yes this is coming from a husband. But whoever says that this movie stinks or was lackluster needs to have their head examined or they haven't experienced those types of situations in their marriages. This is the type of movie that can be deeply appreciated. I know it's a movie, but it is much more than that if you've experienced even just a little of the trouble that they had in it.
This movie hit me where it hurt and made a huge impression. Anyone who's experienced similar relationship issues would agree. As much as the characters loved each other, they also felt terribly angry and resentful. They wanted their marriage to work, but at the same time just feel too hopeless about it to even want to try. Having been there myself, I thought the characters seemed very realistic. I sometimes felt like she was me. Especially the scene where the parents were in bed with them. I can think of times when my own mother's words were spinning around in my head while I tried to <more>
talk with my spouse. The moral of their story, I think, is never stop trying. If there's even a ounce of love left, every bit of work you put into it, is worth it. I've been lucky enough to have the happy ending too. And so, it really did seem to be, The Story of Us!
Heart Felt and Funny - Just like Middle Class real Life (by patdwyer4)
I was miffed the first time I saw this film. Miffed that I had allowed the opinions of others to steer me away from it until it came out on DVD. What a lovely bitter sweet/sweetly bitter film. After seeing The Story Of Us and talking to others about it, I came to the pejorative conclusion that the folk I spoke to just didn't get the film because they simply had not been there. I realized that no one I talked to at first had shared his or her lives with anyone for any more than a few years. This film deals with the daily wear and tear of ANY truly long-term relationship. It is an accurate, <more>
albeit theatrical, portrayal of the way high ups and devastating downs that can come to two people who love each other hate each other need each other want each other desperately hate each other some more and finally love each other again. I concluded that those who had never been to the end and I mean the it's over and I am outta here end of a relationship and still been able to pull away form the precipice and put things back together again, just didn't have a clue. So there my partner and I were after 16 years together truly touched by all that we saw, nodded our heads to, laughed at and balled our eyes out over and, in the end, really uplifted by in this gem of a film. Michelle Pfeiffer's final monologue alone would have been worth the price of a movie ticket just to watch All Actors should be made to watch her has she creates brilliant comedy by bursting into tears. It is a true lesson in comic artistry while still touching the heartstrings. I HATE THE KIRBYS TOO!!!!
Romance in a marriage never dies, people kill it (by shosee)
Bruce and Michelle play the part of almost everyone who has been married. The tug and pull of everyday life separates them from each other, but mostly from their true feelings about each other.The truth is, based on the Hollywood mythical marriage created for oh so many years now, everyones marriage is terrible. What our couple are able to sort out at the end is that no one is perfect and by looking at yourself through your partners eyes can be a revealing and frightening thing. If you can face it, there is a future in your relationship. If you can not, you may have to move on.This movie will <more>
be mostly lost on the younger crowd, simply because they have not experienced the problems the forty something and above audience have been through. However, it is a film they may go back and see once they have been there and down that. When I think about it, Rob Reiner aka Meathead has been expressing the thoughts and concerns of our generation for a number of years now. He is very good at it.
Good marriage-problem film that is not too sobby (by stamper)
What I enjoyed about this movie, was the fact that it was fresh in the sense that this sort of story has never been portrayed like this or I've just not seen it , for mostly films about a marriage crisis are destined to become real dramatic snooze feasts. This one did not however and I thought the film was quite amusing and entertaining. It was more of a comedy than anything else and the only thing I missed here, was being really touched by the performances as in almost crying myself like ONCE although Michelle Pfeiffer almost had me there in the end . That's the only critique I <more>
have regarding this, well acted, well scripted, well directed and last but not even near to least well edited movie. 8 out of 10