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The Stepford Wives


Matthew Broderick and Nicole Kidman are a high-powered couple (she's a network president and he's a VP) move to the quiet little town of Stepford after Kidman gets fired and has a nervous breakdown. In Stepford, all the wives are strangely docile, subservient, and are clones of the Perfect Housewife. And the mysterious local Men's Club with president Christopher Walken holds the secrets.

What I Thought

I was pleasantly surprised by this otherwise vacuous movie. Kidman and Broderick are mostly forgettable, though they do their job. You kinda want them to quickly say their lines to get to some of the other characters. which brings me to...

The real stars are Bette Midler and Roger Bart. She's a feminist writer and he's a flamboyant gay man, both of whose partners want them to be "Stepfordized". They're hilarious! They chew up the scenery whenever they're on screen.

In the end, the movie is pretty empty. I read that some critics were calling this a parody of an ironic parody-social commentary. Well, like, whatever. It's funny and makes both a fun summer movie and a fun rental. That's good enough for me.


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