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The Stepford Wives

Comedy movie directed by Frank Oz

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Overrated Actress In An Overrated Remake

  • Jan 5, 2005
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Once again Nicole Kidman has proven to the world that you don't have to be that talented to be a big success. Ever since "Moulin Rouge" and "The Hours," people have been gushing about how glamorous and great Kidman is. Perhaps I'm in the minority here, but if it weren't for Tom Cruise, we probably would have never heard of her. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed her in "The Others," but none of her other movies have ever made me breathless or cry.

"The Stepford Wives" is no exception. First of all, Kidman's character is presented as a total ice queen hellbent on destroying other people's lives on television to make a quick buck. One of her victims gets crazy on his wife and some of her new boyfriends as a result of the show and the network cuts Kidman loose. She has a breakdown and she and her loyal husband(Matthew Broderick) move to the beautiful little community of Stepford in order to recuperate.

Right off the bat, Kidman starts to notice how the wives of this community are way too perfect. They are all gorgeous, loyal to their husbands and children, and have hobbies like knitting and baking(except for Bette Midler and a gay man, who haven't been turned yet). The men of the community hang out at a men's club on a hill in the town. The men begin to court Broderick's character right away. Kidman, Midler, and the gay guy start snooping around to see just what the heck is going on.

From there, the story completely falls apart. Midler and the gay guy(who's actually the funniest part of the movie) are turned into "perfect" spouses(or life partners). Kidman catches on to the "horrible" acts happening in Stepford, but she might be too late to save even herself.

The rest of the movie is bland and boring. With the exception of the gay guy, the movie just isn't funny. Glenn Close and Christopher Walken are the flagship couple of the perfect little community. It is ashame that two fine actors as themselves are wasted in this trash. John Lovett also appears in this flick as Midler's loser husband. In all, there are some really good actors and actresses in this movie, but it's just horrible. Faith Hill was splashed all over the country for being in this flick. The result is that she is nothing but eye-candy. Unfortunately, that's probably the only reason they put her in here(unless the producers were going for the pop-country audience).

So, I hate to tear a movie apart like this, but I feel that I have to. I've seen very few movies as dull or boring as this one. The acting is bad, comedy is almost non-existent, and the ending is goofy. Don't hop onto the Nicole Kidman bandwagon and waste your money on this.

Not recommended.

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Quick Tip by . September 16, 2012
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Had fun watching this on TV yesterday. It's entertaining as well as good scripting. A movie that may appear silly at first but highly intellectual and interesting for the ending. Great cast!
review by . August 30, 2009
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Frank Oz's eagerly awaited comedy/thriller remake of THE STEPFORD WIVES turned out to be a great big fizzer when it was released in the summer of 2004. Whilst it does pale in comparison to the earlier 1975 Bryan Forbes film (based on the controversial Ira Levin novel), I believe that the remake of STEPFORD WIVES still has the ability to stir debate and argument about the delicate balance of power in married relationships.    When hard-driven TV executive Joanna Eberhart (Nicole …
review by . November 11, 2004
THE STEPFORD WIVES is a funky outing that takes to task the dumbing down of the wealthy class. While everyone knows the plot of the original book and 1975 movie, few will recognize the parody that Frank Oz has created. Everything is over-the-top, including performances by such actors as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matthew Broderick, Jon Lovitz, Roger Bart and Christopher Walken - each of whom seems to be out to do parodies of their usual 'roles'. But if you like movies like Practical Magic and Rat …
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An all-star cast remakes the 1975 socio-political horror flick,The Stepford Wives. After being fired as president of a television network, Joanna (Nicole Kidman,Moulin Rouge) has a nervous breakdown, prompting her husband Walter (Matthew Broderick,Election) to take her to a simple Connecticut town called Stepford to recuperate. But Stepford is a little strange: The schlubby husbands congregate at a closed-doors men's club, while the wives--all in bright summer frocks and air-brushed smiles--exercise to keep their hourglass figures and cook endless pastries. Joanna, along with new arrivals Bobbie (Bette Midler,Beaches) and Roger (the very funny Roger Bart), soon discover that the mastermind of Stepford (Christopher Walken,Communion) has used cybernetics to "perfect" womankind.The Stepford Wiveshas some satirical zingers (from sneaky screenwriter Paul Rudnick,Addams Family Values), but the basic idea has lost a lot of gas since 1975. Also featuring Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction).--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Frank Oz
Genre: Comedy
Screen Writer: Paul Rudnick, Ira Levin
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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