The Stepford Wives
Stepford Wives (1975) is an understated thriller about the Eberhart
family, Katherine Ross, Peter Masterson, and their two children, who leave New York and settle in
the town of Stepford.
|From the beginning, we see
that the move was
obviously the husband's idea because Ross misses the excitement of New
York. Her dissatisfaction grows when she discovers that all of the
women in town are Suzy Homemaker, with no other concerns, interests or
activities. The only exceptions are her and two other newcomers. The three new women are
uneasy about the "men's club," to which all of the men
belong. Ross goes from concerned to panicked when first one, then the
other of her friends transforms into typical Stepford Wives.
|The plot is subtle,
but does justify the somewhat surprising ending. Ross has several good
pokies throughout the film, and then has clear see-throughs near the
end. Unfortunately, the see-throughs are prosthetic breasts (if you
see the film you will understand why). The film didn't do well when
released, but has gained a large cult following. Women's libbers
originally attacked it as demeaning to women, but finally figured out
that the film was putting down the men, not the women, and then
|| I had never seen it before the
new region 1 DVD release, and enjoyed it a lot. It was a refreshing
change from the Euro-shock I have been screening lately.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics - or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a B-.
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