Stepmom (film)

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Stepmom

Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Columbus
Produced byChris Columbus
Wendy Finerman
Michael Barthanan
Mark Radcliffe
Ron Bass
Julia Roberts
Susan Sarandon
Screenplay byGigi Levangie
Jessie Nelson
Steven Rogers
Karen Leigh Hopkins
Ron Bass
Story byGigi Levangie
StarringJulia Roberts
Susan Sarandon
Ed Harris
Jena Malone
Liam Aiken
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDonald M. McAlpine
Editing byNeil Travis
Studio1492 Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • December 25, 1998 (1998-12-25)
Running time125 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$50,000,000[1]
Box office$159,710,793
 
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Stepmom

Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Columbus
Produced byChris Columbus
Wendy Finerman
Michael Barthanan
Mark Radcliffe
Ron Bass
Julia Roberts
Susan Sarandon
Screenplay byGigi Levangie
Jessie Nelson
Steven Rogers
Karen Leigh Hopkins
Ron Bass
Story byGigi Levangie
StarringJulia Roberts
Susan Sarandon
Ed Harris
Jena Malone
Liam Aiken
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDonald M. McAlpine
Editing byNeil Travis
Studio1492 Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • December 25, 1998 (1998-12-25)
Running time125 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$50,000,000[1]
Box office$159,710,793

Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and Harris won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Plot

Jackie and Luke Harrison (Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris) are a divorced couple that are struggling to raise their children, Anna (Jena Malone) and Ben (Liam Aiken), happy with this sudden change of lifestyle.

This is far from easy, as Luke, an attorney, is living with his new girlfriend Isabel (Julia Roberts), a successful fashion photographer several years his junior. Isabel tries very hard to make Anna and Ben feel comfortable and happy with her, but Anna repeatedly rejects her overtures while Ben, who is generally kind to Isabel, adds extra complication with his mischievous nature. Isabel behaves with contempt tempered by caution around Jackie, believing she overcompensates for her divorce by spoiling her children. Conversely, Jackie, a former publisher turned stay-at-home-mom, gives Isabel a cold reception, seeing her as an overly ambitious career woman. She also continues to harbor malice against Luke (as can be seen in a confrontation about Isabel). After a long string of arguments and hurt feelings between Isabel, Jackie and Anna, Luke proposes to Isabel, making her Anna and Ben's soon-to-be official stepmom. This causes even more friction.

However, Jackie is diagnosed with lymphoma, which is discovered to be terminal. She experiences a range of negative emotions, angry at the woman who she feels played a role in her broken family, and angry at the fact that after all of the sacrifices she made for her family, she will not even get to see her children grow up. Both Jackie and Isabel clash repeatedly, largely over Isabel's parenting. This becomes evident when Ben goes missing on Isabel's watch and Jackie claims that she has never lost him, which she later admits to be untrue. However, they manage to call a shaky truce, as both Jackie and Isabel come to terms with the fact that the latter will soon step into the role of surrogate mother.

The two women finally bond with each other when Isabel reveals her admiration of Jackie's maternal instincts, while Jackie in turn compliments Isabel's hipness as a means to connect with Anna. Isabel finally lets her guard down when she tearfully tells Jackie her biggest fear is that on Anna's wedding day, all Anna will wish for is her mother's presence. Through her own tears, Jackie says her own fear is that Anna will forget her. Jackie explains to Isabel that, while Jackie will always have their past, Isabel will have their future.

The film ends with the family celebrating Christmas. Jackie, bedridden from her illness, is visited in her room by Ben and Anna. Individually, Jackie tells her children after giving them their presents that even though she will die, she will always be with them as long as they remember her. Later that day, Isabel is taking a family picture of Luke and Jackie with their children. Jackie demonstrates her acceptance of Isabel by inviting to join them in the portrait, stating "let's get [a photo] with the whole family". Isabel does, and as the closing credits begin, both women are shown happily in a photo side by side, finally at peace with one another and future events (Jackie's death and Isabel's marriage with Luke).

Cast

Reception

Stepmom opened at #2 at the North American box office behind Patch Adams making $19.1 million USD in its opening weekend.[2] It stayed at the second spot for another week. The film grossed $91,137,662 in the US[3] and $159,710,793 worldwide[1] from a budget of $50 million.

Stepmom received mixed reviews from critics.[4] It earned a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]

Susan Sarandon was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress. Ed Harris won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Stepmom and The Truman Show.

Remakes

Sony Pictures co-produced with Karan Johar to remake the film in India. The official Hindi remake, titled We Are Family, was shot in Australia and stars Kajol playing Susan Sarandon's character (called Maya), while Kareena Kapoor plays Julia Roberts' role (Shreya) in the movie. It also stars Arjun Rampal and is directed by Siddharth Malhotra. The remake, released worldwide on September 3, 2010 and a day before in India and UAE, was eventually declared an average grosser.

The film was also unofficially remade in Marathi as Tuzya Mazyat (Yours and Mine) in 2008 starring Sachin Khedekar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Sulekha Talwalkar and Mohan Joshi.

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