It involved watching Stepmom, a horror movie, for my interpersonal communications book. I call it a horror movie because it is an unabashedly gushy chick-flick. Ed Harris was great in his role, as he is in most all of them. Julia Roberts had the spunk and ferocity to pass as his young fiance. Susan Sarandon was great as the mother worried for her children from the fire-breathing Julia. Cancer is literally rife through this movie because Susan is diagnosed with it.
That is the scary part, because of how common cancer is today. My family had some experience with it. The family in this movie handled it as well as we did; with the constantly good attitude and care-free nature at that time. It was natural for them and it was natural for us. Props to Chris Columbus who directed the movie for getting it right.
Another odd thing is seeing this on the New York skyline:
So back to that one, Stepmom. The dialog is quirky enough and light-heartening enough to make it work. At times it gets very serious and tries to be a tearjerker and may work for someone else, but not me. The relationships between all of them are natural and actually fun to watch. I give this movie a **** of *****.