Stepmom (1998)

STEPMOM is an effective if rather perfunctory (and slightly over-
long) tear-jerker that explores the always dramatically dependable 
dynamic between the ex-wife and the younger, hipper, prettier (and 
childless!) new wife-to-be.  Good acting, authentic (and at times 
hardball) emotions, and more nice New York City scenery make this 
a relatively easy "chick flick" to endure.  I didn't much care for 
it-- particularly the cliched cop-out of using a crisis to end a 
conflict-- but if the chorus of sniffles at our screening was any 
indication, it'll be a big hit come Christmas Day, when it opens.  
Directed by Chris Columbus (MRS. DOUBTFIRE, HOME ALONE) and cred-
ited to five, count 'em *five* writers.  Susan Sarandon, Julia 
Roberts, and Ed Harris star and, eh, even if he does seem a tad 
too old for Ms. Big Lips, let's not forget that one of her last 
suitors was Woody Allen in EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU.  Now *that* 
was scary...  (Rated "PG-13"/125 min.)

Grade: B-

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