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Stepford Wives

GENE

 SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

STEPFORD WIVES

 

Not seeing the original Stepford Wives, I can't compare notes.

This remake was publicized as a dark comedy, and, yes, they had some of that too, but there were so many other dramatic tone shifts--from goofy comedy to a considerably dark thriller--yet it's topped off with a silly closing that isn't really needed.

It's hard to tell what impression the filmmaker wants us to leave the theater with.

There are just too many endings for a very unsatisfying movie.

Humor is hard; satire is harder. In order to get the joke, you have to understand what it is that they're making fun of.

Thirty years ago, when the Stepford Wives came out, it was easier. Women's liberation was making headlines, and man's dominance (both politically and socially) seemed to be in jeopardy.

As remakes go, this one may be loaded with star power, but it lacks the political timing that made the original so pithy.

The problem I had with the remake of the 1975 science fiction thriller is that the filmmakers chose to make this version into a comedy.

The movie never manages to strike an effective balance between the thriller elements and the funny parts.

The comedy is not consistent or edgy enough, in my view, and the tacked-on new ending falls in the category of awful.


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