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Stepmom (1998)


You are Susan Sarandon. You’ve given up a great job as a book editor at Random House to raise your family with Ed Harris. He has divorced you. You’re stuck at home like some dull Fifties housewife with two increasingly annoying children when you find he is shacked up with a beyond-beautiful photographer. What madwoman would want to get together with a man who’s already had kids? Julia Roberts, that’s who! Then she competes with you to win their affections and YOU get cancer. So what does this late Nineties exploitation fest teach us? Life’s a bitch – and then you die. The story is by Gigi Levangie, whose Hollywood novels are quite brilliant. Check them out. Before you marry a divorced father and inherit the kids – permanently … Gruesome, sentimental and quite brilliantly performed.

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