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Stepmom (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 1998 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. P. Sweikert
Duncan Samuels
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Mrs. Franklin
Cooper (as Andre Blake)
Photo Assistant (as Russel Harper)
Jack Eagle ...
Craft Service Man
Lu Celania Sierra ...
Photo Shoot Model
Lauma Zemzare ...
Photo Shoot Model
Holly Schenck ...
Photo Shoot Model
Michelle Stone ...
Photo Shoot Model


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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Class Divided  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$91,030,827 (USA) (23 April 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Chris Columbus previously directed Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) starring Macaulay Culkin. Jenna Malone, who plays Anna, and Culkin would both go on to star in the indie comedy Saved (2003) with Susan Sarandon's real-life daughter Eva Amurri Martino. See more »


On Christmas morning when Isabel is taking the family photo Jackie's right hand is first on Anna's right arm then at the small of her back. See more »


[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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Great movie!
7 January 2000 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I'm still wondering why Susan and Julia didn't even get a nomination of the Academy, or the screenplay. This movie is a great movie about jelousy of a mother, that is scared that her children might love someone else as their second mother, and gives such a hard time to that person. And in the other hand, you see that young lady, in love (with the father of those kids), that forgives everything that has been done to her. She was called a bitch a couple of times (the dog scene with Ana, and when she brings the kids at Jackies, and Ana has make up). Was ignored, and even lost her job for those kids. And she forgives all of this, and tryes to like everyone. The world sure would be perfect if everyone would be this way. The problem is that the world has too many Jackies, and not enough Isabels.

If you are someone that likes to cry, and cry. Watch it. Is one of the sweetes movie ever, talking about peoples feelings, fears, and happynes. Great!

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