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The Stepford Wives Review

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by Phil Hinton Nov 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    The Stepford Wives Review
    Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) a successful TV executive for cable channel EBS, is suddenly fired when her latest reality show backfires on the network. Out of work Joanna cannot take the pressure and suffers from a nervous breakdown. Her husband Walter (Mathew Broderick) decides to move their family out of Manhattan and to a new home in the exclusive town of Stepford, Connecticut. As Joanna begins to recover she makes new friends and at the same time starts to realise that something very strange is happening in the Town and the main culprits appear to be Claire Wellington (Glenn Close) and her Husband (Christopher Walken).

    Played for laughs, Frank Oz's remake of the 1975 original starts in a very promising manner and the cast list is certainly full of many A list names. However it appears that Oz loses his way slightly as the storyline progresses with characters just disappearing from the screen and the sub plots are forgotten. The twist at the ending would have worked a little better had the trailer not given most of it away, and again this twist also appears to have been an afterthought. Saying all that, Wives is not overly bad and can be a mildly enjoyable experience certainly worthy of at least a rental.

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