Stepmom

Take On Location Tours’ walking tour through Central Park and visit the locations from iconic films that have been shot in world famous Central Park.  The Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour highlights more than 30 film and television locations that have been used in TV shows and movies shot in Central Park., including the 1998 movieStepmom, which made us all laugh and cry.

Stepmom stars Susan Sarandon as Jacki and Ed Harris as Luke.  A former couple, now divorced, struggling to maintain a good relationship with their children Anna (Jena Malone) and Ben (Liam Aiken) through their divorce snd all the changes that come with a broken family.  Luke now lives with his girlfriend Isabel (Julia Roberts), a young and successful photographer, while Isabel focuses on working with her children as they struggle to adjust.  Meanwhile, Jackie blames Isabel for her failed marriage and treats her coldly.  She also resents the fact that Isabel is a career woman instead of putting family first.

When Jackie is diagnosed with cancer, she is angry at the fact that after all of the sacrifices she made for her family, she will soon lose her life.  As they begin to realize that her death is imminent, Isabel and the kids finally begin to bond.  Jackie and Isabel clash repeatedly, mostly over Isabel’s parenting.  However, later, the two women finally bond with each other when Isabel reveals her admiration of Jackie’s maternal instincts, while Jackie in turn compliments Isabel’s “hipness” as a means to connect with Anna.  They manage to call a truce, as Isabel learns that she will soon step into the role of surrogate mother.

Susan Sarandon got her start in 1970, and has been acting ever since.  Besides appearing on television shows such as Rescue Me, and the famous Saturday Night Liveshe has also starred in countless movies.  These include The Whirlwind, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dragonfly, The Other Side of Midnight, Pretty Baby, Tempest, Lorenzo’s Oil,  The Client, Little Women, Cradle Will Rock, Anywhere but Here, Igby Goes Down, Elizabethtown, Enchanted, and Middle of Nowhere.

Georgia-born Julia Roberts is one of the best known and loved actresses of her time.  Known for her beautiful smile as well as her acting skills, the talented actress has starred in many famous films.  Her impressive accomplishments include the films Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman, Sleeping With the Enemy, Dying Young, The Pelican Brief, I Love Trouble, Something to Talk About, Everyone Says I Love You, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Conspiracy Theory, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, Erin Brockovich, The Mexican, Oceans Eleven, Full Frontal, Mona Lisa Smile, Closer, Charlie Wilson’s War, and Duplicity, among many other popular movies.

On the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour, you’ll remember the touching scene where Jackie and her kids go ice skating while Isabel (Julia Roberts) takes pictures of them.  It is one of the last things Jackie will do with her kids before she dies.  Visit Wollman Rink where this memorable scene took place as well as scenes from numerous other New York films took place, such as SerendipityHome Alone 2, and Love Story. Also in the Park, you can visit the beautiful Belvedere Castle, where Isabel was shooting an ad and proceeded to lose Ben, searching around the castle frantically for him.

* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

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