A journalist named Isabel (Julia Roberts) falls in love with Luke (Ed Harris). They have a great relationship, but everything's not nearly as easy going between Isabel and Luke's two children and their real mom. Jackie (Susan Sarandon), the real mom, isn't ready to accept having another mother figure in the lives of her kids. Isabel also has a lot of problems dealing with the daughter because she doesn't want another mom. Isabel, Jackie, Luke, and the kids must find a way to work things out between all of them or else they might not ever be one good happy family.
Although "Stepmom" probably isn't one of the movies that you will hear the critics rave about a lot, it is one of the best movies of its kind without a doubt, at least in my opinion it is. I've been through a divorce and I've had to accept a new step-parent that I still haven't accepted even today, so I could really relate to the drama in this movie. I know that that's why I liked it so much and why it's one of the best movies I've ever seen, but I don't see why anyone who can't relate to it like I did wouldn't like "Stepmom" just as much.
"Stepmom" is a realistic approach to a change in the family. It has great family moments, mean-spirited drama that deals with jealousy and having trouble accepting new people, and a lot of emotional parts. All the ingredients in "Stepmom" make for one of the best family drama movies ever made, but what REALLY makes it an unforgettable movie is the great acting. All the main characters in the movie do a great job of acting including Julia Roberts, Ed Harris, the two kids, and especially Susan Sarandon. To go along with the great directing and the acting, "Stepmom" also has a great score and some good songs such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
If you buy any family dramas, I would recommend getting "Stepmom" before any of the others. There are a lot of great family drama movies out there, but of the ones I've seen, none of them top "Stepmom." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.