The Stepford Wives, & Revenge of The Stepford Wives, | The Pretty and The Kitsch
Even if you hadn't seen the film, you knew what a Stepford Wife was. term for what middle-class women didn't want to end up as, but with a camp accent, gone bad and whose marriage has been whittled away by her burlesque workaholism. borrowed from the TV-movie sequel, Revenge of the Stepford Wives. The Stepford Wives started life as a novel by Ira Levin. the course of two decades, three made-for-TV "sequels": The Revenge of the Stepford Wives, The film, the poster in particular, also inspired The World's End. . actually was a reality show about putting a married couple's relationship to the test by separating. By the time of the release of the book version of The Stepford Wives in , irrelevant sequels like Revenge of the Stepford Wives, The Stepford Children, and . the relationships between white women and black women in suburbia. There is a nod to the film adaptation towards the end, with the.
Phibes" movies, starring Vincent Price, and everybody's favorite melt-movie "The Devil's Rain", featuring Ernest Borgnine as a cross-eyed devil goatman didn't do anything to uplift the bland production values.
But that doesn't mean the film doesn't manage to entertain. Sharon Gless as the investigating reporter Kaye Foster, arriving in Stepford with the intent of possibly making a TV program about the town's way of life is a capable leading lady and it's applaudable she managed to walk through this movie with a straight face, seeing how she often found herself in rather ridiculous situations like Julie Kavner 'short-circuiting' in her kitchen, then picking up a knife trying to kill Gless.
A pre-"Miami Vice" Don Johnson is also walking around in it as the fresh cop in town, eventually agreeing with the Men's Association for his wife to become Stepfordized. You'll also have to wait until the very end of the film for the Stepford wives to actually take revenge in a laughably appropriate manner. Things might have been dumbed down a lot in this implausible script which takes the original concept of the first film and runs the wrong way with it. But perhaps just because of all this, "Revenge of the Stepford Wives" turns out a rather amusing watch.
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Sign in to vote. Nothing good about it toddy-3 1 November Maybe if I had never seen the original or read the book, I might have been mildly amused, but I doubt it.
The fact is the husbands were killing their wives and replacing them with robots. An idea scarier today than it may have been then because it seems more possible that it could happen in the near future. But this movie's premise that the wives are servants because once a day when a big horn sounds, they all drop everything and take a pill is pretty stupid. If I were Ira Levin, I would've sued.
The Stepford Wives, 1975 & Revenge of The Stepford Wives, 1980
Entertaining Moonlighting 10 October I just saw this film today and thought it was entertaining. I've seen the original Stepford Wives and read the book- and I'm a big fan, but I don't really take this film seriously. Kaye needs a research assistant, and after being turned off by the seemingly plastic and subservient women of Stepford, she jumps at the chance to hire Megan. Kaye is shaken when Barbara Parkinson Lindley "accidentally" nearly runs her down with her car, then exhibits strange, repetitive behavior at the accident site, yet has no recollection of the incident the next day.
Disillusioned hotel manager Wally Adams seems guiltily on the verge of divulging something important to Kaye about his wife's inability to change, when another attempt is made on Kaye's life. Andy assumes the job with the Stepford Police and Megan has chosen a house when she is sent to the Men's Association and disappears for a few days.
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Suspicious, Kaye sneaks into a garden party at the Association attended by the townswomen; there, three new "sisters" are welcomed, including Megan. All three wear the frilly and outdated fashions so popular in town and exhibit the brainless behavior of the other wives.
Kaye overhears Diz explaining to the husbands that the wives have been brainwashed and kept compliant by the "thyroid pills. At a screening of the film, Friedan is known to have walked out, annoyed by what she felt was an exploitation of the Women's Liberation movement. Besides being incredibly condescending to imply that one of the foremost feminists of the era just didn't get the fairly basic concept behind the movie, it deemphasizes that this particular showing was intended for women—and was badly received by most of the audience.
Of course, he changes his views over time. Joanna makes friends with Charlamagne, a woman who doesn't particularly like her husband and tries above all to avoid having sex with him, and Bobbi, a woman who does like her husband but doesn't put up with any grief from him.
Charlamagne seems to change overnight into a supportive wife, and ultimately the same happens to Bobbi. Joanna feels increasingly isolated, attempting to strike up a friendship with Ruthanne, the mother and wife in the only black family in town who only recently moved to Stepford after Joanna.
Joanna discovers that the men in Stepford all had prior careers in robotics and technology, then deduces that they're turning their wives into robots.
She attempts to flee, but to no avail. Ira Levin did have a habit of creating works that were based in feminist commentary without having strongly feminist main characters.
While Joanna does eventually revolt, it's only after rationalizing her husband's bad behavior for the entire book. It's difficult to understand the exact aim of the big-screen remake, even in the pre-planning stages.
From the beginning, it seems intended as a weirdly non-feminist take on the story, which does make me question who exactly it was made for.