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Issue: Winter 2004

Stepford Wives (2004) movie review

Housewives are Made, Not Born

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Love isn't easy. Relationships aren't easy... for anyone.

Joanna Eberhart is the hardest working PERSON in network television until the day a contestant from one of her shows tries to assassinate her in a theatre full of affiliate representatives. Now she and her family are making their home in Stepford.

It's got everything the American family could ever need.

Now Joanna is about to discover the ultimate in suburban living -- a place where the wives have retreated to a television-like perfection of sexy subservience and happy homemaker. They are smiling, perfectly made-up, perfectly coiffed drones. Is it brainwashing, group hysteria, or something even more horrifying?

movie poster, Stepford Wives, Festivale film review; 220x336

Movie poster, Stepford Wives

Trust me, little lady ... You can't stop Stepford.

The original novel and movie made "Stepford" a term for robot-like perfection, wives and mothers who were a smiling underclass creating perfect homes for their ungrateful families.

The Stepford Wives told a tale of the backlash against rising feminine consciousness and the demands of families not to lose their servants to graceless liberation. This new release has updated special effects and technology and is about dominating women who in their careers were able to dominate others. It is about whether it is moral to demand servitude instead of love, and asks the continuing question about where the line is drawn between generosity, faithfulness and slavery.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 15 Jul 2004
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See also: The Stepford Wives (1975)

Just the facts:

Title: Stepford Wives (2004)
Written by: Ira Levin (novel), Paul Rudnick (scr)
Directed by: Frank Oz
Running time: 93 mins
Rating: M


The Players: Nicole Kidman, Mathew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken, Glenn Close


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