Stepmom

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Solid work from Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon isn't enough to save Stepmom from a story whose manipulations dilute the effectiveness of a potentially affecting drama.

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Three years after divorcing Jackie (Susan Sarandon), the mother of his children, Luke Harrison (Ed Harris) decides to take the next step with his significantly younger girlfriend, fashion photographer Isabel Kelly (Julia Roberts). But, when the flaky Kelly meets Harrison's children for the first time, their fierce allegiance to their mother is obvious. Try as she might, Kelly fails to endear herself to her young charges -- and to Jackie -- until a looming family crisis changes everything.

Cast & Crew

Julia Roberts
Isabel Kelly
Susan Sarandon
Jackie Harrison
Ed Harris
Luke Harrison
Jena Malone
Anna Harrison
Liam Aiken
Ben Harrison
Lynn Whitfield
Dr. P. Sweikert
Darrell Larson
Duncan Samuels
Patrick McCormick
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Ronald Bass
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Margaret French Isaac
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Julia Roberts
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Susan Sarandon
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Critic Reviews for Stepmom

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (49)

  • It's a lovely daydream, made lovelier by the fiercely maternal performance of Sarandon as a lioness protecting her cubs, and Julia Roberts as a mass of insecurity trying to measure up to impossible standards.

    April 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Well, if unearned pathos is your cup of tea, drink up.

    April 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Under Chris Columbus' direction, they make a pretty but utterly misleading picture in which cheap sentiment is used to supply easy, false resolutions to agonizing issues.

    April 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The result is a cartoonish two-hour-plus soap opera of little distinction, played by actors who deserve better and should have known better.

    April 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A disjointed hybrid of domestic comedy and mortal illness that might have been written by a support group of lobotomy survivors.

    April 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Chris Columbus directs as if he's handling a moral diagram: Stepmom is so full of understanding it made me want to throw up.

    April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stepmom

  • Jun 23, 2011
    Heartbreaking yet very heartwarming!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2010
    In this maudlin, melodramatic fantasy, we have five main characters: The stepmom (Julia Roberts), the mom (Susan Sarandon), the dad (Ed Harris), and two kids. Harris is a successful middle-aged lawyer who divorces his wife and is now living with much younger beauty with his two kids. The tension is palpable; between husband and ex-wife, between kids and girlfriend, and especially between ex-wife and girlfriend. When it comes to parenting, Roberts is highly inexperienced, so it's not easy for her to look after the kids when she is left to do so, and her job sometimes gets in the way. In addition to that, the kids don't like their step-mom. Sarandon, who played the dying mother, was so overbearing, demanding, petty and bitchy both before and after she was diagnosed with cancer so it is hard to feel any sympathy towards her. The events of the last third of the film are intended, I assume, to turn around our perception of these characters and somehow make them more endearing. Well, for me, it just didn't work. Although the acting was at least competent, the apparent moral of the story of absolute forgiveness under adversity was just not plausible.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2010
    My alltime favorite movie, can recite the lines!
    Kellie M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2009
    Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon were absolute great in this Movie. One of the Movie that leaves a tiny bit of it in your memories.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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