The Stepford Wives 2004

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The second screen adaptation of Ira Levin's best-selling novel (the first, starring Katherine Ross, was made in 1974) is a darkly satirical comedy, in contrast to the paranoid social critique of the first version.

Starring:
Glenn Close,Faith Hill
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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The Stepford Wives

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Romance, Comedy
Director Frank Oz
Starring Glenn Close, Faith Hill
Supporting actors Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Bette Midler, Roger Bart, Matthew Broderick
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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3.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Pinney on 28 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
Having read the book and loved it I was dying to see how it would look on screen, and with such a great cast I thought I wouldn't be disappointed. How wrong I was. This film was wasted on the likes of Kidman and Walken. And Broderick was so wooden I wondered if he was a robot throughout. As other reviewers state, the plot was full of holes, but there were some laughs, although not enough in my opinion to save the film. A big disappointment. Amazon won't allow you to choose no stars, so its 1 out of 5 for that reason only.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe's View on 21 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
"The Stepford Wives" original film in 1975 makes the 2004 remake look shameful. Its like a child like approach to the original's very eerie and serious tone and it suffers a lot because of it. Again the remake feels like a rom-com, the dialogue of the original was witty while addressing common everyday female issues which definitely surpassed the 2004 remake. The original is considered "savage social satire" and the remake looks like a parody of the concept of "Stepford wives". Particularly the original questioned the role of females in society as more than domestic goddesses while presenting a horror like story of what could be. The ending of the remake finally seals its fate as a laughable joke to the original novel and film's powerful message of chauvinistic prejudice and ultimately could be seen as ridiculing feminism (and half the human race in the process).

The remake is more comedic and a more docile approach (just like a stepford wife ironically) to a serious subject matter, its rather clumsy romance-comedy that does nothing to surpass the original. Its entertaining but it quickly fades when compared to the brilliance of the original film. It's not an awful remake but its nothing special either so I would give a 6.5/10 as it tried to take the plot in a new direction but ultimately wasn't nearly as satisfying.
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Format: DVD
Several things really bothered me about this movie, but the biggest was that there was no real suspense created. The movie gave away pretty much all it's secrets right away. I was unfamiliar with what it was going to be about and found it highly disappointing. Even when I see movies I know the end to I expect more suspense than this offers.

I thought all of the actors turned in brilliant performances; Nicole Kidman was emotionally driven, and all the other actors seemed to really do a nice job, including the Wives, who had to act perfect in unison. Even the oft-criticized Matthew Broderick made a good mediocre husband to his powerhouse wife, and I could see him wrestling with his decision, but it created very little drive for the story.

I think the bulk of this movie's problem seemed to be how it was all put together. It could have explored a lot of issues deeper, it could have been a lot more engaging, but it wasn't. The film couldn't make up it's mind what it wanted to be, and wound up being nothing.

Plus there was the robot/microchip inconsistency...
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By bernie VINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
Frank Oz and others had a huge debate over making this movie dark, menacing or light, fluffy, and it shows. One minute it has Mathew Brodrick making hidden malice faces and the next moment they are cracking jokes about AOL. However by not trying to follow the formula of a strict remake they came out from the shadow of the original and make a stand alone movie on its own. The commentary track was just as good, if not better than the movie it's self.

The actors themselves were quite good:
Nicole Kidman of "Natural Magic" fame, as usual can look so emotional.
Mathew Broderick looked like Farris Buller with a secret.
Bete Midler was just being herself(s).
Christopher Walken adds that sinister touch. Nothing mechanical.
Faith Hill adds real spark to the movie.
Glen Close can keep a strait face.

Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) has it all and puts her whole life into her career. Through a series of miss events when she goes in to what she expects would be a raise is let go. The trauma sends her over the deep end. Her husband quits working for the same network to care for her. He only wants the BEST. So they moved to the quainter environment of Stepford. There Men can be men and Women can be women. Joanna being her cantankerous self has trouble adjusting to life and the people around her that only wanted to help. Her husband threatens to leave her if she does not change her ways. So she does and solicits the help of tow other disgruntled friends.
Will she really change?
If not what can be done?
Why is the mechanical dog asking for help?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Dixon on 7 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
If you have read the book, like I have, then you may well be completely dismayed at what you view here. I saw the film at the cinema with a friend, who loved it, but then, she hasn't read the book.

Even before you can begin to like this film you have to forget the book even exists as they are totlly different. Infact, the only thing that ties the two together is Bette Midlers chatacter, Bonnie.
The book is dark and menacing and the film is light and fluffy with cliche characters. It is an ok film. Nothing special, but entertaining thanks to its star cast. However I do remain completely dumbfounded as how the makers have so blatently taken the book and chucked it in the bin to make the film!
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