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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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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?


This was the first theatrical film to premiere on the WB television network. See more »


When Jackie is in the hospital talking on the phone with Ben, she suggests Disneyland (in Anaheim, California) as a place where they can meet in their dreams, to which Ben responds that the last time they went there the lines were too long. This was undoubtedly included in the script by California natives, although both Midwesterners and residents of the east coast, which is where the story takes place, typically take vacations to Disney World in Florida as it is much closer to them. 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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References The Goonies (1985) See more »


Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Written by Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford (as Nickolas Ashford)
Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Courtesy of Motown Record Company L.P.
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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