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Director Chris Columbus, who is adept at showing familial chaos (he directed Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone) with a sanitized 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 mom 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 mom. 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
I could watch this movie any time...I have no doubt that you will love this movie.
This is one of those movies that you can watch over and over again and even though you know what is going to happen, it strikes you in the heart each and every time.
Here's a situation that so many of us can relate to; children from a previous marriage are torn between their natural parent and a new stepparent.
Touching, and it brings up a real issue: how can families successfully blend after divorce, especially the children?Published 5 days ago by carmela
Another Wonderful Movie.. Can Never Get Tired Of Watching.. Thank You..Published 10 days ago by BurroLewis
A beautiful story about love, courage and letting go of the things we hold dearest.Published 26 days ago by Darlene Fischer
I've seen this film a dozen times, mostly because my daughter Anna is in it, portrays Martha Washington in Thanksgiving pageant. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrij Witiuk
Got this for my grandmother. No complaints from her so I assume it's fine.Published 1 month ago by cardv
Tender and tough at the same time, this is a timeless story. A classic.Published 1 month ago by readaholic