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The Stepford Wives (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 11 June 2004 (USA)
What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who've created this high-tech terrifying little town, in a very modern comedy-thriller.

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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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The wives of Stepford have a secret. See more »


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

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,406,781 (USA) (11 June 2004)

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$59,475,623 (USA) (10 September 2004)
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Bette Midler's character wears a T-shirt of the British hard-rock band Deep Purple (the Mk II line-up) that depicts their "Perfect Strangers" album & tour of 1984/5. See more »

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When Claire drives Joanna through Stepford, her seat belt disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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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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The opening credits are presented in a cursive script font rather than regular block letters. The letters alternate "flashing" on and off, mimicing machine lights. See more »

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Features Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2000) See more »

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The Picadore March
(1889)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Parade Brass & Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
by arrangement with Source/Q
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The Stepford Bores
11 August 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

When I heard Nicole Kidman was to appear in a remake of the seminal socio-horror flick, The Stepford Wives, I thought: what a fabulous idea. She was wonderful in The Others, after all. Then came the reviews

  • universally bad. Still I was curious enough to watch it. I will never
get that 90 minutes of my life back again. But it's worse for Nicole, she could have been off making a decent film elsewhere during the months she must have spent on this pap. What was she thinking?

A film that stinks. Yes, stinks. This retelling of the original takes liberties with the plot that are nothing short of idiotic. It all adds up to a senseless mess.

It's a good job it flopped. The next move would probably have involved Julianne Moore in a "hilarious" remake of Rosemary's Baby - where the baby turned out to be the baby Jesus.

If I could give it no stars, I would.


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