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Stepmom (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 December 1998 (USA)
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A terminally-ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her ex-husband's life, who will be their new stepmother.

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

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£631,161 (UK) (29 January 1999)

Gross:

$91,030,827 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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The film is known internationally by numerous alternate titles. For example: "Stay to My Side" (Spanish), "My Best Enemy" (French), and "Side by Side" (Portuguese, German). See more »

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At the soccer game, Anna is shown running from behind one of the attacking players from the other team just after the whistle is blown for a kick-off from the centre circle. As defending players must be within their own half for a kick-off and the ball is usually passed backward, this would mean that she was offside before the whistle was blown See more »

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Isabel: Look down the road to her wedding. I'm in a room alone with her, fixing her veil, fluffing her dress, telling her no woman has ever looked so beautiful. And my fear is she'll think, "I wish my mom were here."
Jackie Harrison: And my fear is... she won't.
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If I Needed You
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delightful & heart warming ...
24 May 2001 | by (Poona) – See all my reviews

Stepmom is one of the most delightful movies in recent times ... ! It's a touching tale of maternal love that doesn't fail to move you no matter how many times you see it. It's a gem !

Stepmom tells you the story of an American marriage that loses its spark with time and the man seeks love outside of it. This sensitive film deals with how the family handles the delicate situation --- at times, holding out bravely ... and at other times, buckling under the emotional trauma ! The other woman, very ably portrayed by Julia Roberts, is a genuinely good human being who tries to bond with her lovers' kids inspite of their mother's (and their own) initial bitterness towards her. The plot thickens when the mother of the kids, portrayed with finesse by Susan Sarandon, is found to have cancer. The mother's days in the world are now numbered and the family must learn to carry on without her ... ! Stepmom now paints a warm and endearing picture of how the members of this family reconcile their differences and stand united and strong in the face of this crisis.

It would be UNFAIR if I rated this one anything less than 9 ... !


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