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Stepmom
Stepmom
Actors: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone, Liam Aiken
Director: Chris Columbus
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     1999     2hr 4min

A touching story of unlikely friendship between two remarkable women. A hilarious, poignant, heartfelt drama about the tears we shed and the joys we share when someone new steps into the family.
     
     

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Actors: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone, Liam Aiken
Director: Chris Columbus
Creators: Julia Roberts, Chris Columbus, Gigi Levangie, Jessie Nelson, Karen Leigh Hopkins, Ronald Bass, Steven Rogers
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Julia Roberts, Drama
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/13/1999
Original Release Date: 12/25/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 2hr 4min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 6
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Carolin S. from CHANDLER, AZ
Reviewed on 11/11/2015...
I liked the movie.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 3/29/2014...
Tissues! Great!
Nina E.
Reviewed on 12/12/2012...
Excellent actors. Julia and Susan play challenging roles. Take note of the actors playing the children...they have developed careers! This plays like a true story...sadly a story happening everyday. I've watched this movie many times and will continue to!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Buck L. (Suntydt) from TAZEWELL, TN
Reviewed on 10/25/2012...
It was a very touching movie. Roberts and Sarandon played off each other excellently. It was funny, sad, serious and very realistic.

Movie Reviews

One of my favorites
Grace | Illinois | 05/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I always have and always will consider this a very meaningful and worthwhile movie. Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon were outstanding choices for the lead roles because they truly knew how to fit the types of characters they were playing. Susan Sarandon is Jackie Harrison, a highly devoted mother who is an outstanding example of a woman who loves and places her children above herself. Her ex-husband Luke (Ed Harris) finds a new love, Isabel (Julia Roberts). The whole situation is difficult for Jackie and both of her young children, especially her 12-year-old daughter Anna, who resents Isabel. When Susan is diagnosed with fatal cancer, it becomes absolutely necessary for the two kids to learn to accept Isabel. Many, many hardships and challenges rise between Susan and Isabel before they are finally able to put aside their differences, become friends, and figure out how to handle the future of their family--a future that they can no longer deny. I especially liked this movie because it deals with such serious and complex issues that many of us can at least appreciate if we have not experienced it ourselves. You really feel the tone of the issue through Anna, Susan's oldest child. She is such a horrible brat, you want to kick her, but then you soften when you realize that she is just scared and upset because she loves both of her parents, and it is hard for her to get through all of the changes. Any of us can understand or even relate to that. Although I enjoyed most aspects of this movie, I really loved the way Susan taught her children not to be afraid of her death, especially her very young son. There's no greater way to show your love for your child than by putting on a brave face during the scariest moment of your life in order to spare them the fear that you feel yourself. It truly is touching the way Susan loves her kids so selflessly in this movie. It's very deep, very moving, and worth the money to buy. I hope this review was helpful."
Balance of tension and sweetness
yarden | portland, or | 06/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is a tough one to watch because many of the scenes (especially during the first hour) are riddled with tension -- the kind you feel when you've just confronted someone head-on. Everyone fights -- parents, children, ex-wife and girlfriend, stepmother and children; you almost feel like you've been inadvertantly caught with a friend when she decides to have a major argument with a family member -- makes you want to slip out of the room until the storm is over.Chris Columbus did a wonderful job directing this film -- the arguments were uncomfortable, but they were supposed to be. Better, there were some poignant moments that really worked. STEPMOM is a realistic fable with just a touch of magic to make the audience happy. The cast was superb -- Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon gave great performances, and the kids (not sure of their names) were both adorable and the biggest brats you've ever seen -- a great combination. Ed Harris was curiously absent from the film, showing up in less than half the scenes.This movie is everything a drama is supposed to be: funny, moving, difficult, sad. Chris Columbus captured some beautiful moments, and some hard ones as well, making the audience better for the journey."
"Stepmom" Shines
goldcoastreviews | 07/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Simply put--I loved this movie. I laughed, I cried, I delved into my own relationship with my stepmother. No, this is not an action adventure shoot 'em up escape movie. (I like those too.) It is a glimpse into the dirty world of divorce, children, and illnesses that sometimes bring everyone together.Julia Roberts as the trying-hard-to-win-over-the-kids younger fiancee. Susan Sarandon as the gritty you-will-not-take-over-my- life ex-wife. Both gifted actresses play well of each other.Humor, pathos, deep sadness & victory make for a great tears streaming down your face emotional ride. Don't miss this one.Thank you for your interest & comments--CDS"