The Stepford Wives is about a small suburb where the women happily go about their housework - cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking gourmet meals - to please their husbands. Unfortunately, Bobbie and Joanna discover that the village's wives have been replaced with robots, and Joanna's husband wants in on the action.Written by
Mitt Romney detractors described him as a "Stepford Husband" during the 2012 Presidential election, meaning that they took him to be docile, blandly conformist and submissive. The Stepford husbands were not described this way in Ira Levin's original novel; in fact, they were the opposite of this: loud, arrogant, pushy, domineering and predatory. But the term has taken on a life of its own since the original book came out in 1972. This is in part because of TV movie sequels like "The Stepford Husbands" starring Donna Mills and Louise Fletcher, which turns the tables on the original concept and portray a town full of docile robotic men. The word "Stepford" itself has come to mean someone - or something - bland to the point of robotic, irrespective of gender. See more »
In the last scene in the supermarket "changed" Joanna does not have large breasts anymore, but the night she was "replacing" the original Joanna she had. See more »
If I was forced to apologize every time I got smashed, I'd spend my whole life wandering around saying "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry."
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I watched this film without knowing too much about it beforehand, which is the best way to get hit by its surprise revelations - so, as another reviewer suggested, don't read any reviews before seeing it, they'll probably spoil it one way or the other. It is fueled by the same fear that pervaded the "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" films - the loss of one's individuality. The director's careful, methodical pacing and his attention to detail may make the film seem slow to impatient viewers, but they pay off in some really chilling moments. Katharine Ross is extremely engaging in the lead....and (not to give anything away but) I'll never forget the image of the woman with no eyes. (***)
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