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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Isabel Kelly
... Jackie Harrison
... Luke Harrison
... Anna Harrison
... Ben Harrison
... Dr. P. Sweikert
Darrell Larson ... Duncan Samuels
... 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
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Storyline

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 diagnosis 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 USA:

$19,142,440, 27 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$91,137,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,573,131
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Referenced in Dog Eat Dog (2002) See more »

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If I Needed You
Written by Townes van Zandt
Performed by Julia Roberts
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Sarandon and Roberts Shine!
30 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Stepmom is a wonderful, life-affirming film that benefits from the great direction of Chris Columbus, the beautiful music of John Williams, and a great screenplay.

Ed Harris is great as the father, though his role is smaller. The two children are spot on. But what really drives this film are the portrayals of the mother by Susan Sarandon and the stepmother by Julia Roberts.

This film is about universal truths: Life has its ups and downs. Love has its ups and downs. Some of the strongest familial bonds are forged from needing. And when you really love someone, there is no wrong way to do it.

The story traces the progress between the mom and the stepmom--two women who have to face their fears of a new family dynamic. The mother was there for all the tender moments, all the wounds and all the memories. The stepmom is the "cool" one who knows the lyrics to all the songs and is current with today's fashions. To become a whole family, the mother must overcome her fear of being replaced and the stepmother must overcome her fear of comparison with an irreplaceable mother.

This is a tearjerker. The resolution goes far beyond the daily struggles of a family rent by divorce. Well worth seeing.


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