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A nervous breakdown makes Joanna and her husband Walter reexamine their priorities, pack up the family and make a fresh start in Stepford, Connecticut. But something strange is happening in the quaint little town of Stepford, and Joanna is suspicious. Disturbed by the stunning but subservient women she meets in Stepford, Joanna grows increasingly uneasy. On the other hand, Walter couldn't be happier.
PROFANITY: A few mild profanities. SEX/NUDITY: Sex humor and unseen sexual situations. VIOLENCE: Some gunplay and fighting. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drug use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Slapstick, dark humor, innuendo.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average ...what might have been considered a clever twist 30 years ago has been reduced by the passage of time into something cheesy and clichéd. ... So what to do? While the wiser course probably would have been to abandon the project at an early stage, the filmmakers chose instead to turn The Stepford Wives into a comedy. Calling this a "bad idea" is an understatement.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 'The Stepford Wives' depends for some of its effect on a plot secret that you already know, if you've been paying attention at any time since the original film version was released in 1975. If you don't know it, stay away from the trailer, which gives it away. It's an enticing premise, an opening for wicked feminist satire, but the 1975 movie tilted toward horror instead of comedy. Now here's a version that tilts the other way, and I like it a little better.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average You feel some of the strain in this immaculately shot, designed and costumed farce, but it's fast and the cast is lively, even though a lost-looking Broderick rarely gets to shoot his patented bewildered look. Kidman is again surprisingly chameleonic in appearance.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 211 moviegoer opinions. Not great, but not too bad. Around half enjoyed it, but the opinions are very mixed. There are a low number of very high opinions and a high number of low to very low opinions. This is especially true for the male opinions.
To me these opinions indicate a movie most will enjoy, at least to some degree. Some of you may be somewhat disappointed that it wasn't as good as you thought it might be, but I believe most of you will feel it's worth seeing. However, I would recommend seeing it at a matinee just to be safe. It's easier to feel you've gotten your money's worth at matinee prices. If you miss it at theaters, I certainly feel it's worth a video rental.
Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) thinks she's made it to the top of her world.
The youngest president in the history of the LBS television network, she also has an attentive husband and two beautiful children. On the surface, Joanna's life appears to
be, well, perfect... until one catastrophic day when it all comes crashing down
around her. Fired from her job, her perfect marriage in trouble, unable to remember where her kids go to school, Joanna is starting to look like a candidate for electroshock therapy.
Yes, there's nothing like a nervous breakdown to make Joanna and her husband Walter (Matthew Broderick) reexamine their priorities, pack up the family and make a fresh start in the idyllic suburban paradise of
But something strange is happening in the quaint little town of Stepford, and Joanna is suspicious. So is Bobbie Markowitz (Bette
Midler), who recently moved to town with her irascible frat-boyish
husband Dave (Jon Lovitz). And Roger Bannister (Roger Bart), an architect who came to Stepford hoping to save his rocky relationship with his conservative partner Jerry (David Marshall
Grant), is wondering what's going on, too.
It's the wives. They're all like Claire Wellington (Glenn Close) — beautiful, happy and unusually creative with crafts. They can bake a cake, paint the house, mow the lawn, play with the kids and still greet their husbands in lacy lingerie at the end of a busy day.
Disturbed by the stunning but subservient women she meets in Stepford, Joanna grows increasingly uneasy. On the other hand, Walter couldn't be happier. He's especially impressed by the Stepford Men's Association, a fortress-like mansion in the center of town.
"This town, and the houses, and this place —it's like a dream." enthuses Walter. "Like the way life should be."