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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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Dr. P. Sweikert
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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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Comedy | Drama

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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:

$19,142,440 (USA) (25 December 1998)

Gross:

$91,030,827 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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Patrick Doyle wrote a score for the film which was rejected. See more »

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Quotes

Isabel: You know, I never wanted to be a mom. Sharing it with you... that's one thing. It's another to be looking over my shoulder for the next twenty years, knowing someone else would have done it better... someone else would have done it right.
Jackie Harrison: What do I have that you don't?
Isabel: You're Mother Earth, incarnate.
Jackie Harrison: You're... hip, and fresh.
Isabel: You ride with Anna.
Jackie Harrison: You'll learn.
Isabel: You know every story, every wound, every memory. Their whole life's happiness is wrapped up in you... every single second. Don't you get ...
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When the Lights Go Out
Written by Mike Percy, Tim Lever, Eliot Kennedy, Sean Conlon, J. Brown (as Jason Brown), Ritchie Neville (as Richard Dobson), Abz Love (as Richard Breen), Scott Robinson, and John McLaughlin
Performed by Five
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK)Ltd./Arista Records Inc.
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14 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A sweet and honest movie. It's definitely a family film. I liked the relationship of having to fill someone's shoes in a sense, because people are so attached to them. Sarandon was awesome of course. She carried her part with grace and the feral intensity of a mama bear. Nothing got over on her and I liked that because she wasn't going to be around much longer. It wasn't about sizing up the competition, but making sure she was the right person her kids could grow up with instead of her. It was heartfelt and real. Great film.


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