Stepmom

Stepmom

Chris Columbus (1998)

119min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Despite its unappealing title, this is an incredibly touching and sophisticated film about life after divorce that examines the tricky issue of bringing a new partner into the family set-up. As the girlfriend of divorcee Ed Harris, ambitious fashion photographer Julia Roberts is in unfamiliar territory and starts off on the wrong foot. Attempting to win over Harris's two children, she finds herself competing with their "perfect" mother, Susan Sarandon, and doing rather badly. However, when Sarandon falls seriously ill, the women must reappraise their priorities. Strong performances from actors who are not afraid to be unsympathetic and unpredictable narrative twists make this far from your average sentimental family drama. In what could have been a thankless role, Sarandon is the stand out as a woman who is dealing with the pain of being usurped as a wife and the fear of being usurped as a mother.

Summary

A successful photographer marries a divorced businessman with two children, but has a hard time adapting to her new role as a stepmother - a task made all the more difficult by the hostile attitude of his ex-wife. However, a tragedy unexpectedly brings the two women closer together. Drama, starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone and Liam Aiken.

Cast & Crew

Isabel Kelly Julia Roberts
Jackie Harrison Susan Sarandon
Luke Harrison Ed Harris
Anna Harrison Jena Malone
Ben Harrison Liam Aiken
Dr Sweikert Lynn Whitfield
Duncan Samuels Darrell Larson
School counsellor Mary Louise Wilson
Director Chris Columbus
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language and sex scenes.Available on: video and DVD
Drama