The Stepford Wives

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Genre Comedy
Year 2004
Duration 93 min
Rating 5.2 out of 10
Description: Joanna Eberhart, a wildly succesful president of a TV Network, after a series of shocking events suffers a nervous breakdown and is moved by her milquetoast of a husband, Walter, from Manhattan to the chic, upper-class and very modern planned community of Stepford, Connecticut. Once there, she makes good friends with the ascerbic Bobbie Markowitz, a jewish writer who's also a recovering alcoholic. Together they find out, much to their growing stupor and-then horror, that all the housewives in town are strangely blissful, and somehow... doomed. What is going on behind the closed doors of the Stepford Men's Association and the Stepford Day Spa? Why is everything perfect here? Will it be too late for Joanna and Bobbie when they finally find out?
Comments: Although I haven't seen the original version of "The Stepford Wives", i understood the general idea before i watched this years remake. However, this knowledge makes the "surprise" twists during the film easily predictable, although the female-dominated-male-dominated-world one at the was a bit of a surprise.

The cast do their job well enough; Kidman does well as the ex-career woman trying to unravel Stepfords secrets, Broderick is fairly effective as the husband who always came in second, Walken is well cast as the calm, authoritative leader, and Close does well as the woman behind-the-scenes. Unfortunately, it takes a little more than good acting to make a good film. Most of the jokes are flat and none of the twists are really shocking; its all a little mechanical.

"The Stepford Wives" has been described as a "very modern comedy thriller", and maybe this is right. Except without the jokes. Or the thrills.