Stepmom script
Stepmom (1998)
Synopsis: Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and Harris won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor, sharing the win with his role in The Truman Show.

INT. RACHEL'S BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING

A billowy white screen. An alarm clock BLARES. As MAIN TITLES

BEGIN, the lovely sleeping face of RACHEL KELLY rolls into frame.

Then out of it. Alarm keeps BLASTING. Back she comes, pulling the

sheets OVER her head. Motionless now, as we hear...

... the DEAFENING SILENCE of the alarm shutting off. A beat.

Rachel SITS BOLTS UPRIGHT. LEAPS out of the room. From the back

we see that she's dressed only in a pair of men's boxers.

She makes it halfway down the hall, does a U TURN back into the

bedroom, frantically YANKS a robe hanging from the door, taking the

wall hook WITH her. She FLINGS her robe on as she RUNS down the

hall, wall hook STICKING OUT of her back. BURSTING INTO...

INT. BEN'S ROOM - EARLY MORNING

RACHEL:

Ben! You overslept again damn it!

The room looks like a 6 (but I'm almost 7) year old exploded.

Posters of MAGICIANS on all the walls. Rachel darts about the room

mismatching the clothes she forgot to arrange the night before.

RACHEL:

Get Up Get Up Get Up!

The LUMP under the cover doesn't move.

RACHEL:

Ben you're late. I'm serious. I'm

wearing a very serious face. Don't

make me start counting ONE...

No movement. Rachel tugs the sleeve of a shirt hanging on a chair,

and out comes a magician's bouquet of FLOWERS.

RACHEL:

TWO.

She pulls a dirty handkerchief out of the pocket of the shirt --

it's an endless MAGICIAN'S HANDKERCHIEF.

RACHEL:

Don't make me say three I'm about to

say three.

(a beat, then)

Three!

She RIPS the covers off and a blow-up DINOSAUR sleeps in Ben's

place.

RACHEL:

Ben I'm not kidding around. You make

yourself appear this instant!

A WHITE BUNNY saunters across her toes. Rachel SCREAMS -- then

gathers her wits and searches under the bed -- under the bureau --

she opens the closet doors and shoving clothes aside.

RACHEL:

You might think this is funny but this

is actually NOT funny.

Unseen by Rachel, six-year-old BEN sits, perched on the highest

closet shelf, knees under his chin, holding his breath. His eyes

gleeful as Rachel frantically closes the closet door.

INT. HALLWAY - EARLY MORNING

Rachel hops over the Bunny, navigates through strewn toys and books

STUBBING her baby toe. She limps in agony past a big picture of

the kids with their daddy and heads towards a door with a KEEP OUT

EVERYONE! sign.

RACHEL:

(bellowing)

ANNABELLE! WAKE UP!

ANNABELLE'S BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING

ANNABELLE, 10 years old, sits on the edge of her bed, fuming, all

of her limbs crossed. She holds up a filthy purple tee shirt.

ANNABELLE:

You forgot to wash my purple shirt. I

told you a hundred times it was Purple

Day at school today.

RACHEL:

I didn't forget. I was up all night

thinking about it and I concluded you're

too special to look like everyone else.

(she grabs an orangey

red tee shirt)

Orange Red. That's your color. Few

can carry it off. Now please. Help

me find your brother.

ANNABELLE:

You lost Ben?!

RACHEL:

Of course not. Does he look lost to

you?

(big breath)

BENNNNN!!!

INT. SUBURBAN EXTREMELY WELL-STOCKED KITCHEN - EARLY MORNING

Rachel, smoking a cigarette and drinking a diet coke, FLINGS open

pantry doors, closet doors -- looking for Ben -- attempting to put

stone hard butter on toast at the same time. She glances at the

clock -- 7:
55. Oh dear. Annabelle sits at the table, in a grumpy

orangey red mood. Rachel hands her what was once a piece of toast.

ANNABELLE:

No. I told you. I like apple butter

not butter butter.

RACHEL:

(hands her an apple)

Here.

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Gigi Levangie Grazer

Gigi Levangie Grazer is an American novelist, screenwriter, and producer. She has written numerous screenplays but is most widely known for the movie Stepmom, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. more…

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