Stepmom - Movie Synopsis & Plot
Jackie and Isabel have nothing in common-one is the ideal mother, the other is struggling to be any kind of mother-until circumstances force them to share a family and put aside their mutual hostility for the sake of their two children. They discover how precious life, love and the ties that bind really are in Stepmom-a movie about real life with all the laughs and tears of real families.
Chris Columbus, director of Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone, brings audiences a compelling new film starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris about the joys and challenges of family life in the '90s. Roberts portrays Isabel, a career-minded fashion photographer forced into a role as unwelcome stepmother to her boyfriend Luke's (Ed Harris) two children-12-year-old Anna (Jena Malone) and seven-year-old Ben (Liam Aiken). It is the universal dilemma of the 'non-traditional' family-both Isabel and the children love Luke, but the two parties don't even like-much less love-each other. When Jackie (Susan Sarandon)-the 'natural' mother and peerless supermom who not only resents Isabel's intrusion on a number of levels but is fiercely devoted to her kids-enters the mix, the often comical, always complex interplay between parents, stepparents, stepchildren, spouses-to-be, ex-spouses and significant others gets even trickier.
Stepmom is also about two strong, independent women and apparent polar opposites who must find a way to connect. When Jackie discovers she is terminally ill and Isabel's relationship with Luke becomes serious, both women realize they must put aside their differences to save a family. The questions don't have easy answers: How do you hold a family together when the person who has been the rock, the most solid center of that unit one could imagine, gets sick? Can another person take her place?
Eventually the two women find more than common ground, they discover how to celebrate life to the fullest ... while they have the chance.