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director Chris Columbus continues to explore the family turmoil of divorce in the tearjerker Stepmom, a story that pits the birth mother against the new mother. Jackie (Susan Sarandon), a one-time book editor, is now the consummate soccer mom juggling the schedules of her two kids in her New York ranch outside of Manhattan. Her ex-husband Luke (Ed Harris), who gets weekend custody of the kids, is living in the city with a woman half his age named Isabel (Julia Roberts), a high-fashion photographer with a strong stylistic sense of "what's hot." Since Luke is always away at work, the burden of getting the kids ready for school when they are with their father falls on Isabel, and she just isn't the nurturing type. The story heats up, however, when Jackie learns that she has cancer. Facing the horrors of medical tests and chemotherapy, she realizes that, should something happen to her, her kids will be left with this irresponsible Isabel as their mother, especially after Luke proposes marriage to her. What ensues is part parenting lesson, part competitive parenting, but 100 percent family bonding, as Jackie must learn to allow Isabel to be part of her world and her family. ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Ed Harris Best Supporting Actor 1998 Winner

Crew

Chris Columbus
Director
Chris Columbus
Producer
Michael Barnathan
Producer
Mark A. Radcliffe
Producer
Patrick McCormick
Producer
Wendy Finerman
Producer
Karen Leigh Hopkins
Screenwriter
Ronald Bass
Screenwriter
Steven Rogers
Screenwriter
Gigi Levangie
Screen Story
Gigi Levangie
Screenwriter
Jessie Nelson
Screenwriter
Donald M. McAlpine
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Bradford
Songwriter
Neil Travis
Editor
Stuart Wurtzel
Production Designer
Raymond Kluga
Art Director
Paula DuPre Pesman
Associate Producer
Ronald Bass
Executive Producer
Susan Sarandon
Executive Producer
Julia Roberts
Executive Producer
Pliny Porter
Executive Producer
Margaret French Isaac
Executive Producer
Joseph G. Aulisi
Costume Designer
Geoffrey Hansen
First Assistant Director
Ellen Lewis
Casting
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