The opening scenes make it look like a comedic catfight-filled ride. Harris is a divorced dad with two kids, a supermom ex-wife (Sarandon), and a glamorous new girlfriend (Roberts), whose career seems more important than the kids. Jibes and glares are traded by the two women until mom is stricken with some form of untreatable terminal cancer. This changes the story from broad comedy to emotional drama as Sarandon must train the younger woman to be the new mom. Columbus seems comfortable with the shift, and manages to keep everything upbeat. The script, penned by five writers, becomes more cliched as the film goes on, but stays just this side of chick-flick.
Shows that a step-mom can be a good person,At first the children were not very receptive of having her in their lives,
She does a few "cool" things and kids learn to love and respect.
It is a tearjerker and watch with a box of tissues.
One of Julia Roberts' better,newer movies! LeoTs3181983 at 2010-11-11 19:20:46
This is one of Julia Roberts' better,newer movies. It's not like those late 80s and early 90s take-offs of 1940s romance thrillers where the woman would always scream"I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME!"at her man that she'd always play in her early years.