The Stepford Wives
Collector's Edition, Special Collector's Edition
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In THE STEPFORD WIVES, Walter (Broderick) and Joanna (Kidman) Eberhart are the newest residents in a suburban neighborhood in Stepford. Seeing that the women she surrounds herself with all seem to be cut from the same mold, and are seemingly incapable of thinking for themselves, Joanna begins to think something suspicious is going on in Stepford. Upon realizing that her friends have been replaced by robots and that she's next on the list, Joanna and Walter decide to turn the tables and expose the truth about what's really been going on in Stepford.
- Five featurettes
- Six deleted scenes
- Gag reel
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Though it's loosely based on the original Ira Levin story and the 1975 film starring Katherine Ross, Paula Prentiss and Patrick O'Neal, a LOT of liberties are taken with it: There's a gay guy in the cast now; the villain isn't who you expect it to be; there's an ethnic angle brought in; the humor is much more rat-a-tat then in the original film, and the movie actually has a happy ending, unlike the original, which saw EVERY one of the women eventually made into automatons!
Despite the obvious aforementioned continuity mistakes, it still entertains, however, there is no way I could give it more than three stars WITH said mistakes. Next time, Frankie, spend a little more time reshooting scenes and editing correctly to stay consistent! With film budgets the way they are these days, that shouldn't be TOO difficult....! That said, Kidman is good as Joanna Eberhart, Midler is good for a while as Bobbie Markowitz, Glenn Close apppropriately plastic and cheerful as Claire Wellington. Christopher Walken is Max Shrek again as Mike Wellington, uttering his trademark broad "O's" as usual. Why Faith Hill is even mentioned as BEING in the cast is beyond me...her only real scene is when she "malfunctions" during a square dance, (another mortal shot at the "computer chip" continuity, as she shoots sparks out, acting exactly like a robot on the fritz.)
This movie is played for laughs from beginning to end, rather than as a nightmare scenario for feminists and a wish-dream for frightened men. SOMEONE, however, should have proofread the freaking rushes before it was released, but what can you expect from a company where one of the chief execs is Steven Spielberg?
Would I recommend this movie? Only if you're looking for light entertainment to pass the time. This movie won't make you think, but it might make you laugh.