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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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Dr. P. Sweikert
Darrell Larson ...
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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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 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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Il Signor Bruschino
(Overture)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Chailly
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Music
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Touching
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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