The Stepford Wives

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"The wives of Stepford have a secret."
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 5.3  (69,573)
  • 42

The Stepford Wives is a comedy-drama movie that was released in 2004. The film, directed by Frank Oz, stars Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, and Matthew Broderick. The story begins with Joanna Eberhart (Kidman), a successful television executive who is fired from her job after an on-air meltdown. She moves to Stepford, a picturesque town outside of New York City, with her husband, Walter (Broderick), and their two children. However, they find that the entire town is filled with perfect, submissive housewives.

Joanna, a strong-willed career woman, finds the Stepford wives to be suspiciously identical and submissive, and she becomes determined to uncover the town's secret. She enlists the help of a writer and former Stepford wife, Bobbie Markowitz (Midler), and they begin to investigate the town and its residents.

As they delve deeper, Joanna and Bobbie soon discover that the women of Stepford are being replaced with robotic clones, created by their husbands in an attempt to create the perfect wives. The husbands are using advanced technology, disguised as a women's club or health spa, to brainwash their wives and transform them into mindless, subservient robots.

The movie is a commentary on societal expectations of women and traditional gender roles. It explores the notion of the perfect wife and the pressures that women face to conform to societal standards. The Stepford wives are presented as caricatures of femininity, with their perfect bodies, immaculate homes, and unwavering devotion to their husbands.

The Stepford Wives also deals with themes of identity and free will. The women of Stepford have lost their individuality and sense of self, becoming nothing more than obedient robots. The film questions whether being perfect is worth sacrificing one's identity and whether true happiness can be achieved by conforming to societal expectations.

The film's cast delivers strong performances, particularly Nicole Kidman, who portrays Joanna as a determined and intelligent woman struggling to maintain her identity in the face of societal pressure. Bette Midler brings humor and wit to her role as the cynical Bobbie, while Matthew Broderick plays the conflicted and increasingly paranoid husband.

The Stepford Wives is a remake of the 1975 film of the same name, based on the novel by Ira Levin. The movie received mixed reviews upon its release, with criticism for its tonal shifts between comedy and horror. However, it remains a thought-provoking and entertaining exploration of gender roles and societal expectations.

Overall, The Stepford Wives is a visually stunning and thought-provoking film that tackles complex themes with a mix of humor and horror. It features strong performances from its cast and offers a commentary on gender expectations that remains relevant today.

The Stepford Wives is a 2004 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3 and a MetaScore of 42.

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