Monday, February 22, 2010

TCP#26: Stepmom

Hello there, my dear Couchers! Welcome to the February 23rd edition of Tuesday Couch Potatoes where we post about a movie each week. This week's theme is For The LOVE Of Family. If there is one movie that touched and moved you because it brings you closer to home and to your family, then come share it with us this week.



Our theme last week was: For the LOVE of Nature. ACmomCee of Join my Stroll featured AVATAR, the one film that replaced Titanic in the No. 1 spot. While it is essentially a sci-fi movie, it has indeed an environmental theme to it.



And now for my pick this week: Stepmom. A 1998 comedy-drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts, Stepmom is a family-oriented movie unlike any other. While I do not promote divorce which is an element in the movie, I do love the fact that even two women who is competing with each other for the affection of two children can still call a truce and make peace with one another. That even if one cannot replace the fact as to who the biological mother is, LOVE can still move mountains and allow for a change of heart to happen.

The film is about Jackie and Luke, a recently divorced couple who are struggling to keep their children happy dsepite the sudden change in their lifestyle. Then comes Isabel in the picture, the new woman in the life of Luke, young and a successful photographer, and who is the official stepmom when Luke proposed to her. There is friction in the house. Isabel tries to do a balancing act between making the children feel happy and comfortable around her and keeping her career but Anna (the daughter) is making things difficult. Jackie on the other hand is bitter: she blames Isabel for their failed marriage, and she treats Isabel coldly because of this and the fact that Isabel is a career woman, a deep contrast to herself. The day when Jackie was diagnosed of cancer made matters worse. She became angry because after all the sacrfices she made for her family, she would soon lose her life.

The two women repeatedly clashed against one another, with Jackie largely questioning Isabel's parenting. They were given a chance to bond though and were able to reveal each other's true feelings and fears. While Isabel feared that the daughter Anna would wish that her real mom were present on her wedding day, Jackie feared that Anna will completely forget about her. This led to the two women understanding each other better and eventually, with the acceptance of the children and Jackie into the family (evident in the Christmas family picture where Jackie invited Isabel to join them). It was a happy ending, because Jackie was more importantly able to make peace with herself.

Have you got a wonferful family movie to share? Then come join us this week for TCP. Don't forget to add your TCP link to the MckLinky below so that others may find and visit you too.




That's it for this week's TCP. Next week, March 2, we will feature School Is Fun movies.

Take care everyone and have a Happy TCP!



15 comments:

Mys said...

Closer to Home and Family? Dapat yata nilagay ko Beethoven. Hehehe. Go Kikamz go! Dami nang Reviews. Susuko na yata ako. Wah.

Karen said...

Hi, seen you on ate Seiko Blog just wanna drop by and say that i love love love this movie Stepmom, i cried when i watched this and i've watched it a couple of times already. It's one of my favorite movie of all time. I'm a big fan of Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts plus Ed Harris. Love family movies. :D

God Bless you always!

darly said...

Hi K,

Can't find the linky so Im posting it
here. Been MIA for a while and i missed TCP so much.

Uy lapit na bdays ng ating mga dalaga :)

Lola said...

Stepmom was a good movie. Perhaps I should send a copy to my ex's fiancé. The woman won't even say hello. I just don't get it.

Be sure to stop by for my cookbook review today:
http://lolasdiner.blogspot.com/2010/02/cookbook-review-daisy-morning-noon-and.html

Genejosh said...

i haven't watched yet this movie..sounds interesting esp. Julia Roberts is one of the actresses here..

Mommy Liz said...

Ay, kakaiyak naman tong movie na to, kasi habang pinapanood ko to, hirap na hirap ang loob ko, dahil sa ako eh isang ina, parang ramdam ko ang sakit na alam mong mawawala ka na sa mundo at maiiwan mo ang iyong mga anak. Wahhh!

Chris said...

i have seen stepmom :D i loved it!

rossel said...

hmmm...humahaba na ang list ng movies to watch ko, Kikamz. Mine is up now. Sorry if it's quite late.

Chris said...

my link wont appear at your MckLinky list even if I have already entered it :(

nuts said...

oh, parang napanood ko na pero di nagregister sa isip ko, or baka di ko natapos.. need to watch this again..mine is up now.. :)

Mys said...

Gracie's Choice is available in Amazon.com - just to answer your question. Go Kikamz go. Magreretire na yata ako sa pagrereview. Di na kaya ng powers ko. Sana may update para alam ko kung magkafighting spirit pa. Feeling ko, talo na ko, di pa nakakapagcomment sa sponsor blogs. wah.

Seiko said...

I'd seen this movie & I never got tired of watching it.Gustong gusto ko si Julia Roberts dito.
Mare late na ako nakauwi & 'm soo tired.I just dropped by here to inform you na habol na lang ako tomorrow,so just pleasew don't close Mr. Linky ha (grin)
Sweet dreams Marce & thanks for sharing this.Hugs!

Mama Ko said...

I like this movie pero minsa nakak bored mga ibang part sa movie. good review kikamz.

Mine is here

Seiko said...

I'm back here Marce mine's up now :D...http://adualcareermom.blogspot.com/2010/02/tcpthe-story-of-us.html

AC said...

haven't watched this movie yet.. pero parang di kakayanin ng puso ko.. huhuhu... isipin ko palang na magkaka step mom ang anak ko namamatay na ako.. LOL..

yeeha!!! pasok na ako sa giveaway!!! hehehe...

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