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An unlikely friendship develops between two remarkable women:
Jackie, a divorced mother of two, and Isabel, the career-minded
girlfriend of Jackie's ex-husband, who continually clash over
the well-being of Jackie and Luke's children. But when Jackie
and Isabel begin to share maternal duties, they are forced to
rise above their mutual hostility for the sake of this '90's family.
Comedy Drama - Stepmom is a domestic drama based on extended family relationships.
It is most likely to be enjoyed by women or other viewers particularly
fond of stories about mothers and their children and appreciating family.
There is virtually no action, with almost the entire film based around
conversations between characters. Fans of Julia Roberts or Susan Sarandon
may be interested in the film for their performances. The story is
very sentimental and dragged out over two hours; those who find films
with illness and teary exchanges overwrought will probably think the same
of this film.
About 40 minutes into Stepmom, I came to the numbing realization
that I knew exactly where it was going, and that there were still 90 minutes
to go until the closing credits. As scripted by five credited writers,
this is a domestic drama that unfolds with trudging obviousness, inefficiently
dragging an audience along to a place it has been many times before.
The performers fare well (aside from a woefully underused Ed Harris), but
they thrive in spite of the miserable material. It sometimes seems that
every subsequent writer added a half dozen new scenes, but no one threw