Name: Stepmum
Year: 1998
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 124
Description: Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, have to cope with the fact that their parents divorced and that there is a new woman in their father’s life: Isabel, a successful photographer. She does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when being with their dad, but also loves her work and does not plan to give it up. But Jackie, a full-time mother, regards Isabel’s efforts as offensively insufficient. She can’t understand that work can be important to her as well as the kids. The conflict between them is deepened by the sudden diagnose of cancer, which might may be deadly for Jackie. They all have to learn a little in order to grow together.
Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris
Genres: Comedy, Drama

Not bad, although the relationship between Jackie and Isabelle really wasn’t written that well. First she hates her, then she dislikes her, then she likes her, then she suddenly doesn’t like her again and then she does like her… Oh well. Touching story and Julia Roberts was great, but the kids are a little too okay with their mum dying.

The score was all right, although the main theme on oboe gets lots of bad and weird variations. One thing I don’t like about John Williams is that he’s always trying to accompany his themes with the strangest chords. The oboe theme could have been harmonious and emotional, yet he only gives it natural harmony once.


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