The Stepford Wives (2004)

Frank Oz directs Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler in this sci-fi comedy where the outspoken spouses of a town of rich men are being converted into subservient sex slave automatons.

The original film was a horror free horror so it makes absolute sense that this parody update would contain so few jokes – none if you are only counting workable ones. Toothless, painful to watch and butchered with a clearly bolted-on, late-in-the-day reshot happy ending, this has very little but some mega budget production values to recommend it. Allegedly the set was rife with disagreements and prima donna behaviour. Maybe everyone cottoned on early doors as to just what ‘a pup’ they had signed away their souls for. Frank Oz is usually reliable in delivering upper middle class farces, here he can only achieve shrill boredom.

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