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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?


The film was dedicated "In loving memory of Irene Columbus", director Chris Columbus's mother, who died of cancer the year before the movie was released. See more »


Ben surprises Isabel by hiding inside the kitchen cabinets. However, in the next shot of the open cabinets you can see clearly that there was no space for him to fit inside. 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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Referenced in Dog Eat Dog (2002) See more »


Il Signor Bruschino
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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A Stepmom review from a fan!
13 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie! If you are in the mood for a tear jerker movie, this is the movie too see. Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon are remarkable together. This is the absolute best I have seen Julia Roberts act and this movie defiantly brings out her talent. Susan Sarandon can make any movie good. But she delivers outstanding effort to make her character relate to other women who have had the problems that Susan's character faces. This movie is of course a 10 out of 10! Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon will make you laugh now and then, but they will also make you cry with the difficulties that they face together on screen. Stepmom is a movie you'll enjoy and "always always" remember as a movie that filled your heart. So if you haven't seen Stepmom yet...go and see it! You'll be glad that you did.

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