Stepford Wives, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Uneven remake of author Ira Levin's thriller about a hyper-driven TV executive (Nicole Kidman) who, after being axed from the network, relocates with her husband (Matthew Broderick) and children to the suburban Shangri-La of Stepford, Conn., where the men have replaced their wives with remote-controlled replicas who doltishly wait on them hand and foot. Director Frank Oz polishes the original story's dark horror surfaces with a buffing of black comedy, touching on questions of gender roles and conformity, but many of the issues raised are now politically passe and don't pack the same cultural punch they did 30 years ago. Some crude language and sexual humor, several instances of profanity, homosexual references and fleeting violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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