"But it has such a great cast! How can Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, and Bette Midler all have signed up for a sub-par film?"
Very easily, as it turns out. I haven't seen the original adaptation so I can't compare; however, I have read the book, and this completely misses the entire point. It removes any edge, any hint of satire or horror, and tells us that, actually, there isn't anything scary about being a woman in the 21st century. It's alright love, your neighbours might be robots, but your husband still likes you. Probably.
There is something wonderfully ironic in taking a book about emasculated men literally objectifying their wives, and making it about the husband's character development. Wow honey, the real plot twist was the self-actualisation I achieved along the way!
Maybe I'm just a bitter feminist. Hopefully my husband doesn't realise and decide to take my batteries out.