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The Stepford Wives (2004)
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Roger Bart, Faith Hill, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler
Directed by: Frank Oz
Release Date: June 11, 2004 (wide)
Runtime: 93 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, thematic material & language.
Box Office: $59,476,000 (US total)
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
This remake based on a novel takes place when a young couple move to an upper-class suburb. When Joanna (Kidman) starts to notice that all the neighborhood wives are bland housewives that seem to enjoy doing the housework she starts to investigate. Unfortunately for her she soon finds out that the men of the neighborhood have replaced their wives with subservient cyborg copies.
A subversive and comic look at rampant consumerism and the quest for perfection, “The Stepford Wives” exposes what it really means to be human by looking beneath the perfect veneer of an idyllic community nestled in our very imperfect world.
Featuring an extraordinary cast, “The Stepford Wives” stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken, Faith Hill and Glenn Close in a comedic thriller about a community that dares to be perfect and learns that to err is human.
Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) thinks she’s made it to the top of her world.
The youngest president in the history of the EBS television network, she also has an attentive husband and two beautiful children. On the surface, Joanna’s life appears to be, well, perfect… until one catastrophic day when it all comes crashing down around her. Fired from her job, her perfect marriage in trouble, unable to remember where her kids go to school, Joanna is starting to look like a candidate for electroshock therapy.
Yes, there’s nothing like a nervous breakdown to make Joanna and her husband Walter (Matthew Broderick) reexamine their priorities, pack up the family and make a fresh start in the idyllic suburban paradise of Stepford, Connecticut.
But something strange is happening in the quaint little town of Stepford, and Joanna is suspicious. So is Bobbie Markowitz (Bette Midler), who recently moved to town with her irascible frat-boyish husband Dave (Jon Lovitz). And Roger Bannister (Roger Bart), an architect who came to Stepford hoping to save his rocky relationship with his conservative partner Jerry (David Marshall Grant), is wondering what’s going on, too.
It’s the wives. They’re all like Claire Wellington (Glenn Close) – beautiful, happy and unusually creative with crafts. They can bake a cake, paint the house, mow the lawn, play with the kids and still greet their husbands in lacy lingerie at the end of a busy day.
Disturbed by the stunning but subservient women she meets in Stepford, Joanna grows increasingly uneasy. On the other hand, Walter couldn’t be happier. He’s especially impressed by the Stepford Men’s Association, a fortress-like mansion in the center of town.
“This town, and the houses, and this place – it’s like a dream,” enthuses Walter. “Like the way life should be.” Until Joanna Eberhart gets in the way.