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Genres: Thriller , Sci-Fi , Comedy
Actors: Lorri Bagley , Tom Riis Farrell , Kate Shindle , Matt Malloy , Faith Hill , Fallon Brooking , Dylan Hartigan , Jon Lovitz , David Marshall Grant , Roger Bart , Christopher Walken , Glenn Close , Bette Midler , Matthew Broderick , Nicole Kidman
Director: Frank Oz
Country: United States
Year: 2004
IMDB Rating: 5.1/10 (37259 votes)

Joanna Eberhart, a wildly succesful president of a TV Network, after a series of shocking events suffers a nervous breakdown and is moved by her milquetoast of a husband, Walter, from Manhattan to the chic, upper-class and very modern planned community of Stepford, Connecticut. Once there, she makes good friends with the ascerbic Bobbie Markowitz, a jewish writer who’s also a recovering alcoholic. Together they find out, much to their growing stupor and-then horror, that all the housewives in town are strangely blissful, and somehow… doomed. What is going on behind the closed doors of the Stepford Men’s Association and the Stepford Day Spa? Why is everything perfect here? Will it be too late for Joanna and Bobbie when they finally find out?

Film Review

In 1975, a film adaptation of an Ira Levin novel called The Stepford Wives created an inescapable portrait of a realm in which mind control was no longer a painstaking science but simply replacing the original subject with a robotic clone. It is still frightening today, not just to women who might have things in common with its protagonist, but to individuals of all shades belonging to marginalised groups whom individuals with a less than noble agenda attempt to silence or put words into the mouths of. Which is partly what makes this lemon of a remake so insulting. Exactly where Frank Oz got the idea that mind control and identity erasure is a fit subject for comedy from, I doubt we will ever know, but he clearly did not pay nearly as much attention as he should have during his association with Jim Henson. However, a lot of warning signs that occurred before the film was completed may in fact suggest that Oz may not deserve all of the blame for this atrocity. For one thing, expecting …

Wow! If you ever want to see a GOOD movie, watch the 1974 version. It actually isn't bad at all.To appreciate this movie,the 2004 version, you have to take it in its historical context. When made George W. Bush is President and all of the talk is of a Republican Majority for years to come. So liberal Hollywood is angry beyond belief… and they are even more angry that with all of their subtle but deliberate attempts to manipulate political and social attitudes over many decades they are completely shut out of Washington.So this movie is made with NO attempts to be subtle and its nothing but a seething attack on white/Christian/middle class/heartland America which is blamed for voting Republican. Watch as the Hollywood constituency of Jews, Lesbians, and Feminists join together to stomp out the "evils" of the Republican Party allegorically represented by evil people turning women into robots.No doubt while many would be offended by the seething hatred of the movie makers…

I haven't seen the original film in a while, but I remember absolutely loving it especially for the quality of the acting and how interesting it was. This remake of The Stepford Wives is not as abominable as the Psycho and Wicker Man remakes, but that is saying very little because very little, if anything, in this movie works at all.I will admit the way the film looks is not bad at all, at least the scenery is striking and the photography not on slip-shod level. However, coming from a very keen musician and music enthusiast I did find the soundtrack rather forgettable. However that is the least of The Stepford Wives' problems.The story for starters is very predictable, right up to the contrived finale. The black humour is lowbrow and misses the mark far too many times to make it truly funny, and some scenes drag on for too long. The cast is great on paper, but Nicole Kidman looks bored, Bette Midler's character grates and she overdoes it and Matthew Broderick is miscast…