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The Stepford Wives (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 11 June 2004 (USA)
The secret to a Stepford Wife lies behind the doors of the Men's Association of how woman become different and imobilized robots

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Joanna Eberhart, a wildly successful 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 acerbic 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? Written by Miguel Cane <stepford@yahoo.com>

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Are you a Stepford wife? Are you a Stepford husband? Couple, ask yourselves: Would you move to Stepford? See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Las mujeres perfectas  »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,406,781 (USA) (13 June 2004)

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$59,484,742 (USA)
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Reports of problems on-set between Frank Oz and Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken, Glenn Close and Roger Bart were rampant in the press. Oz confirmed in an interview that there was "tension on the set" and that he had "had words" with Walken. He also blamed Midler for being under a lot of stress from other projects - she "made the mistake of bringing her stress on the set". See more »

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When Joanna enters the house looking for her children, her blouse is unbuttoned, then is buttoned again in a subsequent shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Helen Devlin: Ladies and gentlemen, I would now like to introduce a legend in our industry. She's the most successful president in the history of our network and for the past five years has kept us at the very top of the ratings.
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles are shown alongside various vintage clips from the 1950s of women operating high-tech (for the time) appliances. See more »

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Referenced in The Nostalgia Chick: You've Got Mail (2011) See more »

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The Marines' Hymn
(1868)
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Genevieve de Brabant" (1868) (uncredited)
Lyrics by L.Z. Phillips (1919)
Performed by The Band of the Grenadier Guards
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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What an awful flop!
12 July 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I very rarely write comments here about films I didn't enjoy but this is different. This film boasts a cast that will be pulling people in cinemas. My advice is: don't bother. It's just the most boring, predictable, badly planned and executed piece of celluloid I've ever seen. It's as if Frank Oz had a good idea but got bored half-way through realising it. I haven't seen the original but surely the actors who got involved in this read the script of the remake? They can't have based their participation on the Seventies film, surely. Because the 2004 remake is full of awful cliches, bad jokes (OK, there are a couple of good lines but that's about it) and it is so empty of ideas that it makes you want to shout to the screen. If the actors playing in this film were unknowns there is NO WAY anyone would have gone to see it. It's just a parade of famous names (some good actors, some average) that sleepwalk through a dreadful script. It can't even become a cult classic - it's THAT average. 1/10 for me and that's being lenient.


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