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The Stepford Wives (2004)

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, more...
Director: Frank Oz
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Comedies, Science Fiction , Black Comedy, Robots & Cyborgs, Mad Science, Mad Science
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Ira Levin's best-selling novel about a town where great wives aren't born but made gets a second screen adaptation in this darkly satirical comedy drama. Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) is a successful television executive until one day her career hits the glass ceiling and crashes to the ground. Looking to take some time off to start over, Joanna and her husband, Walter Kresby (Matthew Broderick), pull up stakes and move to the peaceful suburban community of Stepford. Walter takes to his new environment with real enthusiasm and joins the local men's organization, headed by one Mike Wellington. Joanna, on the other hand, finds that Stepford is just a bit too quiet and well-groomed for her taste, and is taken aback by the aggressively cheerful and servile attitude of Mike's wife, Claire (Glenn Close), and the other women of the community. A notable exception is Bobbi Markowitz (Bette Midler), a happily misanthropic writer who revels in her lack of enthusiasm for housework or exercise. Joanna and Bobbi become fast friends, but as they look closer at the all-too-perfect surfaces of Stepford and its female inhabitants, they slowly discover a terrible secret lurking beneath. Also featuring Faith Hill, Jon Lovitz, and Roger Bart, The Stepford Wives was previously adapted for the screen in 1975, with Katherine Ross in the lead; that version spawned three made-for-TV sequels. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

ANOTHER Waste of a Remake by shizz April 28, 2008 - 2:46 AM PDT
This was totally nbelieveable - even for a comedy, and hardly being funny at all. The biggest flaw in the movie (above the countless ones there are) is the fact that if the women were not robots, but embedded with bio chips in their brians, they were still human. That being the case, how could they do automated things like have ATM cards inserted into their abdomens, spit out one dollar bills, emit malfunctioning sparks, and in Bette Midlers characters case, hold her hand over fire without being burned, extend her arm about twellve feet to dust off a ceiling fan, grow a lawn mower out of her back....should I go on? Stick with the original.

Almost Human by talltale November 1, 2004 - 8:55 PM PST
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
An all-round misfire, this remake of THE STEPFORD WIVES is pretty much as bad as you've probably heard. Interestingly, the ending (which reportedly was added on at huge expense after preview screenings proved disastrous) is the most enjoyable part of the film. For the first hour it creaks along, with little of the wit or fun we've come to expect from Paul Rudnick (writer) and Frank Oz (director), although the cast does as good a job as possible, under fairly dire circumstances. In fact, the movie glides by so obviously and so very s-l-o-w-l-y that you may find yourself jumping up for a quick dose of caffeine--at least until the ending kicks in: great it ain't, but it does MOVE! (Roger Bart's ode to Glenn Close--as she channels her own performance in "Sunset Boulevard"--makes it almost worth sitting through this not-quite-fun fest.)

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