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Stepmom [DVD] [2011]

Julia Roberts , Susan Sarandon , Chris Columbus    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone, Liam Aiken
  • Directors: Chris Columbus
  • Writers: Gigi Levangie, Jessie Nelson, Karen Leigh Hopkins, Ronald Bass, Steven Rogers
  • Producers: Julia Roberts, Chris Columbus
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL, Anamorphic, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZAS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Although Stepmom was dismissed as a contender in the 1998 Oscar race, it's worth giving a second chance to this rather cogent, sharp-tongued look at second chances. Susan Sarandon's performance as a mum about to be replaced by her ex-husband's new girlfriend (played by Julia Roberts) has a lot of bite, and it's a shame the script opted to trivialise her plight in its final reel. Initially, the rancour that passes between divorced mum Jackie (Sarandon) and trendy fashion photographer Isabel (Roberts) rings true, aided by the sincerity of Jackie's ex-husband Luke (Ed Harris) and the emotional plight of their children, who have the most to lose in their parents' divorce. As the drama makes clear, the children are the real victims in the agony that ensues between old and new love.

Director Chris Columbus, who is adept at showing familial chaos (he directed Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone) with a sanitised minimum of lingering emotional damage, actually manages to dig a trifle deeper than usual in exploring the jealousy and hurt that occur when the baton is passed between a birth mum and the younger wife who steps into her shoes. Stepmom fortunately manages to touch on that chord--showing how an ambitious woman might feel hampered by the responsibility of children just because she's fallen in love with their dad--as well as the haunting grief that it causes their birth mum. It's an issue that haunts millions of second wives everywhere, and while Roberts conveys the confusion of being taken for granted in the melee that follows, it's Sarandon who walks off with the film. She's relentless in her fury, and everyone else in the film--the generally excellent Harris included--is sideswiped. It's just a shame that Hollywood once again wimps out in the end, solving the problem by giving Sarandon a terminal illness. Instead of allowing Jackie and Isabel's relationship to unfold on something less than a high note, the movie has to quell its best thing with a false payoff because it doesn't know what to do with real life. --Paula Nechak,

Product Description

Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris star in a touching story of unlikely friendship between two remarkable women. A hilarious, poignant, heartfelt drama. “One of the best films of the year! Wonderful, funny, emotional and uplifting.” – Sara Edwards, NBC-TV

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan Sarandon has never been better 5 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This touching movie may not grab you by reading about its central issues: Stepmom- the title may not make you curious either, but the film, itself deserves to be seen.
Stepmom features Susan Sarandon as the estranged ex -wife of Ed Harris. They have two children. The family has gone through some changes. Julia Roberts plays the 'new' girlfriend- the stepmom of the title. The first half of the film deals with how a birth mother might react when a new woman takes part responsibilty for the kids. Arguments flair up and we get to see the situation from both points of view.
Soon though the bickering turns to heartache when Jackie (Sarandon) is diagnosed with cancer. Roberts has to become the stepmom for 'real' now. Sarandon has to let go and Roberts has to put work commitments behind her and become a mum.
Susan Sarandon gives a powerhouse of a performance as Jackie- the mum who does not want to let go until illness leaves her with no choice. She is ably matched by Julia Roberts who has really blossomed as an actress in her last few films. There is much more to this actress than tituian curls and teeth. She remains sympathetic even though the audience feels for Jackie, too. This is down to Roberts excellent performance.
This film has been unfairly ignored and is worth buying. It's an emotional film that raises some very important issues and the director and actors handle them with panache and sensitivity.
If you fancy a night in to watch a good old faioned weepie- Stepmom will surprise you as it's a weepie with a message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love this film... 31 Dec 2013
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I loved this film as a child and I still love it now. Deals with many different tragedies that everyone can relate too somewhat. Julia Roberts & Susan Sarandon are both brilliant also.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm...welll 18 Feb 2013
By Lisa
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Not as impressed with this as I thought I should be. It concentrates far more on the obnoxious children (the girl is the WORST!!). I think they could have done much more with this. Brilliant cast but such a let down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
All ok with this order
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 12 Jun 2014
By Gemma
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Love love love this film, will all most certainly make you cry!! Julia Roberts plays the character very well. Very prompt deliver
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4.0 out of 5 stars opinion on this product 18 April 2014
By lucia
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this dvd was a good film to have watched and it shows me that when you buy dvd's online, they're still very much in good condition as like they are in shops
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5.0 out of 5 stars prompt service 23 Feb 2014
By kimj
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came within the states time, adequately packaged, haven't watched film yet but apparently I will need lots and lots of tissues!
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 5 Feb 2014
By patc
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Must have bought this book as a gift from a family list of requests so cant possibly review it now
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