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Stepmom (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 1998 (USA)
A terminally ill woman has to settle on her former husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother.

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Dr. P. Sweikert
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Duncan Samuels
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Mrs. Franklin
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Cooper (as Andre Blake)
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Photo Assistant (as Russel Harper)
Jack Eagle ...
Craft Service Man
Lu Celania Sierra ...
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Lauma Zemzare ...
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Holly Schenck ...
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Michelle Stone ...
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Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, have to cope with the fact that their parents divorced and that there is a new woman in their father's life: Isabel, a successful photographer. She does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when being with their dad, but also loves her work and does not plan to give it up. But Jackie, a full-time mother, regards Isabel's efforts as offensively insufficient. She can't understand that work can be important to her as well as the kids. The conflict between them is deepened by the sudden diagnosis of cancer, which might may be deadly for Jackie. They all have to learn a little in order to grow together. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Be there for the joy. Be there for the tears. Be there for each other.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$19,142,440 (USA) (27 December 1998)

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$91,137,662 (USA)
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Jenna Malone (Anna) and Liam Aiken (Ben) would go on to star in movies with actress Emily Browning. Malone-Browning in Sucker Punch and Aiken-Browning as brother and sister in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) See more »

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Toast is seen automatically popping out of a Dualit toaster with such force that the toast actually leaves the toaster. The Dualit toaster (made in England) does not automatically pop up toast but rather signals that the toast is done with a bell and the toast stays in the toaster keeping warm until raised with a manual lever. See more »

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[first lines]
DJ Scott Zoe: [the morning DJ on the radio] Hey, good morning, New York. Scott Zoe here at 102.7, WNEW-FM, where rock lives. Beautiful autumn day in the city, and a great record coming your way, too.
[the song Under Pressure by David Bowie plays]
Isabel: [Isabel gets up in a rush to go and wake up Ben] Ben? Ben? Ben. Get up, get up, get up. Late, late, late. Ben? Come on, honey. Get up. We're seriously late.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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Under Pressure
Written by David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor
Performed by Queen and David Bowie
Courtesy of Raincloud Productions Ltd.
Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co., LLC., Hollywood Records & EMI Records UK
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Good Drama With Some Good Performances.
16 July 2001 | by (London/England) – See all my reviews

Stepmom is a really good drama. Their are some very sad moments in the movie but their are also some funny ones too. Julia Roberts stars as Isabel, who is of course the 'Stepmom' and what a brilliant job Julia does. Other good performances come from Ed Harris who plays Luke, Isabel's boyfriend and Susan Sarandon who plays Jackie, Luke's ex-wife. Jena Malone and Liam Aiken also do quite a good job as Luke's kids Anna and Ben. The music in the movie is really nice too. I give Stepmom a 9/10.


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