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Stepmom (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 December 1998 (USA)
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A terminally ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her former husband's life who will be their 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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£631,161 (UK) (29 January 1999)

Gross:

$91,030,827 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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Each of the leads (Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris) was nominated for an Oscar for playing real people - Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Roberts as Erin Brockovich-Ellis in Erin Brockovich (2000), and Harris as Jackson Pollock in Pollock (2000). Roberts and Sarandon both won; Harris lost. See more »

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Isabel's rings constantly change from no ring to engagement ring to engagement ring and wedding band, in no logical order and often in direct conflict with the storyline. 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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Green Onions
Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg, and Al Jackson Jr.
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so sad and so good!
9 November 2009 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

God, i can't believe this movie is rated 6.2. It should at least be rated 7.5, and it could even be 8.5!

Let's just say this movie is the one that has moved me and made me cry the most in my whole life. Well, moved me in a sad way.

I don't know what kind of ability Susan Sarandon's got, but all she did in this movie made me cry. She's such a good actress, and this movie suits her perfectly.

I've never been much of a Julia Roberts' fan, considering i find Notting Hill and pretty woman kind of boring, but i loved her in this movie, how she really tries to bond with the kids and Susan to get to the point where the kids almost rather being with her than with their mom. Julia gives her best, in my opinion, she is a very good actress as well. Drama suits her.

The kids are the other thing that gives movie that amazing flavor. How the girl answer to Susan, Julia and her dad is just so sad and good. Klaus Baudelaire's actor is so small and great as the little kid, who knows enough of the situation and gives the movie it's nice and happy moment.

I didn't think the husband was anything important.

And, of course, what makes this movie as sad and as great as it is, is the incredible directing of Chris Columbus, who directed two of the movies of my favorite movie series and book series: Harry Potter. I don't know why, but he's just got this gift for directing. Oh god, when i saw it i didn't know it was Columbus', and when i realized i now know why it's great.

Some may say it's melodramatic, but i wouldn't agree. It's just good drama, one of those were you can't stop crying but that has a good plot involved as well.

Bottom line, loved it. Very enjoyable and i recommend it highly. Good job Columbus, as usual.


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