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The Stepford Wives (2004)
As Bad As It Gets
This movie is a perfect example of what is wrong with the state of movies today. The original was a gem, with excellent acting by Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, and Patrick O'Neal. It was part horror story, part feminist cautionary tale. Most of all, it was BELIEVABLE! You got the feeling these were real people, and that all this could really be happening--and with a minimum of "special effects". The dialogue was pretty intelligent, the plot twists weren't given away in the first 15 minutes, and the ending was a real shocker. You cared about the female characters in the movie--you cared about Joanna's plight, and rooted for her to escape her planned fate.
The current version could only--and was probably meant to--appeal to the lowest common denominator of movie-goer. In this film, the women are just as bad as the men--you don't give a damn what happens to them; that's how annoying the characters are. The laughs are cheap and lowbrow, vital plot elements of Ira Levin's novel are missing, and the acting is just plain bad.
You know what? I'm getting annoyed just writing about this dreck. If you have any taste, any sense, any feeling for good films, any aversion to wasting good money on bad movies--stay far away from this one!! See the original, and appreciate the stunning subtlety of a thinking person's movie, well-made and well-acted.
Make me laugh!
This is the funniest thing I have seen in many a year, like the early days of "Saturday Night Live"--only better. I have watched it three times already, as has my 17-year-old son, and we are helpless with laughter every time. I don't want to spoil the fun for anyone, so I won't tell you my favorite bits or punchlines, but I loved the Star Wars premiere, Bon Jovi concert, Westminster Dog Show ("That man...Joe...Joe Westminster"), and Hollywood Squares segments. Now that I think about it, it's hard to choose favorites--it's all hilarious! If you had told me that a man with a dog hand puppet would reduce me to helpless laughter, I would have said "You're crazy". But it's true, it's true. Robert Smigel, the man behind Triumph, is a comic genius. This DVD is lewd, rude, crude...and a laugh riot. I am giving it to selected people on my Christmas list. Do yourself a favor and watch it ASAP.