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The Stepford Wives 2004

3.2 out of 5 stars (64) IMDb 5.2/10

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:
Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Romance, Comedy
Director Frank Oz
Starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick
Supporting actors Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Roger Bart, David Marshall Grant, Jon Lovitz, Dylan Hartigan, Fallon Brooking, Faith Hill, Matt Malloy, Kate Shindle, Tom Riis Farrell, Lorri Bagley, Robert Stanton, Lisa Masters, Christopher Evan Welch, Colleen Dunn, Jason Kravits
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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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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"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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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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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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This movie is a spoof of the fifties ideal of what a wife and mother did. She did not work outside the home, was always dressed in colorful, semi-formal dresses and spent her days cleaning, baking and thinking about ways to do both better and satisfy her family’s every whim. Her social life outside of her husband was getting together with women having a similar mindset. The premise of this movie is that chips can be implanted inside the brains of women that will turn them into such a wife, since the location is Stepford, the name given to such women is Stepford Wives.
All of the Stepford wives are frightfully boring, smiling all the time. Their husbands are portrayed as very pleased with having wives like that. Of course they are also weak, boring personalities as well, with both sides of the marriage equation filled by boring people there is little dynamic activity between them.
The male side of the Stepford marriages wanted their wives to be “fixed” because they were hard-driving very successful women and they could not handle it. While this is another spoof, it just does not come across as entertaining as it is meant to be.
A movie based on a weak premise, this one gets boring very quickly and stays that way throughout.
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