The Stepford Wives (2004)



Critic Consensus: In exchanging the chilling satire of the original into mindless camp, this remake has itself become Stepford-ized.

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Stepford has a secret: all of the wives are way too perfect, and all of the husbands are way too happy. "The Stepford Wives," a comic re-imagining of the 1975 suspense classic, follows the tale that unfolds when a young couple moves from Manhattan to the upper-class suburb of Connecticut. Once there, they soon discover that the Stepford men are replacing their wives with compliant robots.
PG-13 (for sexual content, thematic material and language)
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Nicole Kidman
as Joanna Eberhard
Matthew Broderick
as Walter Kresby
Bette Midler
as Bobbie Markowitz
Glenn Close
as Claire Wellington
Christopher Walken
as Mike Wellington
Roger Bart
as Roger Bannister
David Marshall Grant
as Jerry Harmon
Jon Lovitz
as Dave Markowitz
Dylan Hartigan
as Peter Kresby
Fallon Brooking
as Kimberly Kresby
Faith Hill
as Sarah Sunderson
Matt Malloy
as Herb Sunderson
Kate Shindle
as Beth Peters
Tom Riis Farrell
as Stan Peters
Lorri Bagley
as Charmaine Van Sant
Robert Stanton
as Ted Van Sant
Lisa Masters
as Carol Wainwright
Christopher Evan Welch
as Ed Wainwright
Colleen Dunn
as Marianne Stevens
Jason Kravits
as Vic Stevens
Emily Wing
as Additional Stepford Wife
C.S. Lee
as Additional Stepford Husband
Tony Torn
as Additional Stepford Husband
Mary Beth Peil
as Helen Devlin
Andrea Anders
as Heather
Mike White
as Hank
Carrie Preston
as Barbara
Billy Bush
as `I Can Do Better' Host
Tyler McGuckin
as Adam Markowitz
Nick Reidy
as Ben Markowitz
Sebastian R. Rand
as Max Markowitz
Tanoai Reed
as Tonkiro
Blaise Corrigan
as Security Guard
George Aguilar
as Security Guard
Meredith Vieira
as `Balance of Power' Host
Larry King
as Himself
Munro M. Bonnell
as Stepford Guard
Kenny Kosek
as Square Dance Musician
Will Woodard
as Square Dance Musician
Deanna Dys
as Dancer
Digene Farrar
as Dancer
David Purves
as Dancer
Joesph Ricci
as Dancer
Mark Vaughn
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for The Stepford Wives

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (38)

To paraphrase Paul Rudnick's Premiere magazine movie-critic alter ego, Libby Gelman-Waxner: It's flat, cold, fork-resistant and tasteless, if you ask me.

Full Review… | June 24, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

It has a wonderfully wounding malice directed at both the Stepford, Conn., contingent of Energizer Bunny wives and the New Yorkers who have just moved in.

Full Review… | June 17, 2004
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It has two speeds -- obvious and more so.

June 15, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Very good dialogue, the rest of this stuff just falls apart.

June 14, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Satirizing The Stepford Wives is pointless.

Full Review… | June 12, 2004
Top Critic

None of it appears to be well thought out, or thought through, and it's consequently never remotely believable.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Stepford Wives

Weird film. Creepy how they controlled them like that and it was a great fictional story.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

The 1975 version is much better, but this version really surprised me. I had low expectations, but overall I enjoyed it. It's silly and cheesy in some parts, but it still has enough of the creepy elements to keep the audience interested. I prefer the dark mood of the old version more, but I thought the satire in this film was good. A different interpretation of the story is all. A good adaptation, overall. Very funny, i recommend it.

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

Aside from a decent cast, this is a train wreck of a film. It is completely unmemorable and has little meaning aside from cheap laughs. It attempts to be a comedy, a horrible decision on the film maker's part. It could've been a decent remake, but it just became a failure. They just had no respect for the source material or the horror aspect. The feminism is too obvious and overdone. There is no real threat, it all seems to work out fine in the end. The husbands seem more like victims themselves rather than pathetic losers trying to make servant wives.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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