The Story of Us
Director: Rob Reiner
Producer: Rob Reiner, Alan Zweibel, Jessie
Screenwriter: Alan Zweibel, Jessie Nelson
Stars: Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julie
Hagerty, Red Buttons, Rob Reiner, Paul Reiser, Betty White,
MPAA Rating: R
Year of Release: 1999
Released on Video: 02/15/2000
A man and woman meet,
say their vows, have children, then slowly grow apart. Now
comes the hard part: staving off a divorce. Rather than tell
the kids, Katie and Ben send them off to summer camp, then
begin a trial separation. Their attempts at making a fresh
start are interspersed with flashbacks to their happier days.
Eventually, with time apart, they learn how to repair their
Watch how Katie and Ben struggle for a long
time but eventually find a way to make their relationship
work. Notice especially how they struggle with poor communication
and differences in their temperaments.
- Do you believe that you cannot make
your relationship work because you are too different from
- Are your able to communicate better than Katie and Ben?
- If not, how could you improve your communication? Communicating
well helps you to “step into your partner’s shoes”
and therefore understand and empathize with him or her. Empathy
helps to bridge many difference in your personalities.