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Stepmom (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 1998 (USA)
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A terminally-ill woman must deal with her ex-husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother.

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writers:

Gigi Levangie (story), Gigi Levangie (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Isabel Kelly
Susan Sarandon ... Jackie Harrison
Ed Harris ... Luke Harrison
Jena Malone ... Anna Harrison
Liam Aiken ... Ben Harrison
Lynn Whitfield ... Dr. P. Sweikert
Darrell Larson ... Duncan Samuels
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Franklin
Andre B. Blake ... Cooper (as Andre Blake)
Herbert Russell ... Photo Assistant (as Russel Harper)
Jack Eagle Jack Eagle ... Craft Service Man
Lu Celania Sierra Lu Celania Sierra ... Photo Shoot Model
Lauma Zemzare Lauma Zemzare ... Photo Shoot Model
Holly Schenck Holly Schenck ... Photo Shoot Model
Michelle Stone Michelle Stone ... Photo Shoot Model
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Storyline

Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, must cope with the fact that their parents divorced and their father is now with successful photographer Isabel. She does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when they're with their dad, but she also loves her work and doesn't plan to give it up. But full-time mother Jackie finds Isabel's efforts offensively insufficient and 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 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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Finally is Returing To The Big Screen For The First Time In A Generation See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Class Divided See more »

Filming Locations:

Bedford, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,142,440, 27 December 1998

Gross USA:

$91,137,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,710,793
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (re-release) (2002)| SDDS (re-release) (2002)| Dolby Digital (re-release) (2002)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The restaurant called "The '76 House", featured in two dinner scenes, one with Jackie and Luke and one with Jackie and Isabel, is a National Historical Site in Tappan, Rockland County, New York. Major John Andre, a British officer who assisted turncoat Benedict Arnold, was held there while awaiting trial by then General George Washington. At the time, it was a tavern and inn, but located across from the town meeting hall and church where the trial was held; another National Historic Site. See more »

Goofs

On Christmas morning when Ben leans forward to hug his mother, the edge of his cape hangs down and points backward to his feet. Jackie's and Ben's shoulders are clearly visible. Change of camera shot. We see Anna walk in and then the camera goes back to Jackie & Ben. Now the cape has been artfully draped over mother and son. All shoulders are hidden. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

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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Two Thumbs Up!
9 December 2009 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Chris Columbus directed 'Stepmom' is a winner all the way... a true 1998 Classic! The film is highly entertaining, in fact there is hardly a moment when you feel bored in this 123 minute-film. Columbus has made superb films, and 'Stepmom' ranks as his best.

The film has a beautiful story, a story about a divorced couple, their children and the Stepmom. The film explains the worth of a family... it surely leaves a great moral behind. The climax is superb, it gets you moist-eyed.

Performance-wise: Ed Harris is Incredible, as ever. He steals the show in a small, but significant role. Julia Roberts is fantastic as the Stepmom. Susan Sarandon needs to mentioning, she's a class apart. Liam Aiken & Jena Malone, the kids, stand out.

On the whole 'Stepmom' is a must watch for each and every cine-lover.


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