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American Beauty without the wit, insight or intelligence!
on 12 November 2000
The Story Of Us looked promising. Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer team up with director, Rob Reiner in a "When Harry split up with Sally" type film. So far so good......
In order to sustain 90 minutes, you would expect humour, insight and intelligence as this is treading similar ground to "American Beauty". But unfortunately it is nowhere near as good. The plot meanders and has TV movie written all over it. The two stars have zero chemistry. Annette Benning and Kevin Spacey had real chemistry and their characters really did know how to hate!
Instead of feeling sympathy for the main characters you are willing them to get a divorce and get off screen as quickly as possible. With only a superb comic star turn from Rita Wilson as Pfeiffer's best friend and an amusing sub-plot about a holiday couple from hell, there is not much to salvage among this nightmare comedy wreckage.
Don't bother spending time with this bland couple, go and rent "The War Of The Roses" and see how a break up movie should be done!