Claire Wellington (Glenn Close) takes control of The Stepford Wives book club alienating newcomers, Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) and Bobbie Markowitz (Bette Midler).
Ira Levin’s best-selling novel about a town where great wives aren’t born but made gets a second screen adaptation in this darkly satirical comedy drama. Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) is a successful television executive until one day her career hits the glass ceiling and crashes to the ground. Looking to take some time off to start over, Joanna and her husband, Walter Kresby (Matthew Broderick), pull up stakes and move to the peaceful suburban community of Stepford. Walter takes to his new environment with real enthusiasm and joins the local men’s organization, headed by one Mike Wellington. Joanna, on the other hand, finds that Stepford is just a bit too quiet and well-groomed for her taste, and is taken aback by the aggressively cheerful and servile attitude of Mike’s wife, Claire (Glenn Close), and the other women of the community. A notable exception is Bobbi Markowitz (Bette Midler), a happily misanthropic writer who revels in her lack of enthusiasm for housework or exercise. Joanna and Bobbi become fast friends, but as they look closer at the all-too-perfect surfaces of Stepford and its female inhabitants, they slowly discover a terrible secret lurking beneath. Also featuring Faith Hill, Jon Lovitz, and Roger Bart, The Stepford Wives was previously adapted for the screen in 1975, with Katherine Ross in the lead; that version spawned three made-for-TV sequels.
TM & © Paramount (2004)
Cast: Roger Bart, Lorri Bagley, Judi Beecher, Jennifer R. Blake, Myriam Blanckaert, Glenn Close, Jane DeNoble, Colleen Dunn, Faith Hill, Wendy Johnson, Nicole Kidman, Lisa Masters, Victoria Matlock, Bette Midler, Mary Beth Peil, Kate Shindle, Emily Wing
Director: Frank Oz
Producers: Ronald M. Bozman, Leslie J. Converse, Donald De Line, Gabriel Grunfeld, Scott Rudin, Edgar J. Scherick, Keri Selig
Screenwriters: Ira Levin, Paul Rudnick