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'The Stepford Wives'

Why the original ''Stepford'' wins over the remake -- EW recommends renting the 1975 original instead of seeing the remake currently in theaters

Why the original ''Stepford'' wins over the remake

Okay, the original is kinda kitschy. Still, the adaptation of Ira Levin's edgy novel overcame a histrionic script and spotty acting thanks to a zeit-geisty concept -- women's-lib-fearing guys turn their wives into docile robots -- and enough guts to see the cautionary tale through to the gruesome end. Now we've got a shiny-but-pointless 2004 update filled with high-wattage stars (Nicole Kidman! Glenn Close!) spouting empty one-liners and tech-geek husbands wielding remote controls for their robo-gals. Plus, a silly, twist-for-twist's-sake ending that's hell-bent on being oh so modern. Stick with the creepy cult classic -- and be thankful that we've progressed enough in 30 years to render a remake obsolete.

Originally posted Jul 09, 2004 Published in issue #773 Jul 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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