Stepmom, as in "wicked", would be one way to describe Julia Roberts. And I'm not just talking about the character she plays in this flick, either. Ahem.Isabel (Roberts) is a photographer that eats, breathes and lives by her career. With no inkling of children in her future, she is also Luke's (Harris) new flame and, of course, destined to become a part-time caretaker to his two children, Ben and Anna, if their relationship is ever going to get anywhere. Only problem is, she ain't exactly a fan of theirs and vice versa.
To add to the problem, Jackie (Sarandon) is Luke's ex-wife and the full-time mother that gave up her career to take care of Anna and Ben. Fully wasted in this role, Sarandon feels that Isabel is completely ineffectual at providing part-time care for her children and seeks to shut her down at every turn. (There's a particularly sneaky-ass scene where after completely denying Isabel's idea to take Anna to a Pearl Jam concert on a school night, Jackie presents Anna with tickets to... Pearl Jam!)
The conflict between the two women is eventually lessened when a Lifetime-esque tragedy occurs in the family. What Jackie and Isabel come to learn is that maybe they can pull together to preserve some semblance of a normal life that the, now shared, children have grown to know.Some cute moments, but not worth the medium it's recorded on.