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Stepmom movie review


An unabashed weepy film, Stepmom is raised above the average by the commitment of the actors, including a Festivale favourite, character actor Ed Harris as the man balancing his loyalties to two women, his ex-wife (Susan Sarandon) and his future wife (Julia Roberts).

Stepmom is set in the all too familiar environment of 'broken' homes, where children are torn between their separated parents and everyone is trying to make sense of fractured relationships.

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Stepmom lets us see the different sides of fractured families, and the pitfalls and difficulties of second-moms as Roberts battles snotty kids, an undermining ex-wife, and a boss who recognises her brilliance, but not the conflicting demands on her time.

As the film progresses and the characters develop their new roles, and they come to grips with the new relationships, and their fates the two women give the audience a deep insight into the fears and hopes of moms and stepmoms.

An interesting cast and script, although Harris' character is overshadowed by the relationship between the two women.

Take some tissues along.

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Due for Australian release February 25, 1999
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Title: Stepmom (1998)
Written by: Story by Gigi Levangie, screenplay by Gigi Levangie, Jessie Nelson & Steven Rogers & Karen Leigh Hopkins, Ronald Bass
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Produced by: Ronald Bass, Margaret French Isaac, Patrick McCormick, Pliny Porter
Edited by: Neil Travis
Director of Photography: Donald McAlphine
running time: 124 mins

The Players: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone, Liam Aiken
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