It is always nice to revisit a classic. The other night I watched “The Stepford Wives”. Obviously, I am referring to the original 1975 film directed by Bryan Forbes. Also starring Katherine Ross and Paula Prentiss as the two women who befriend each other after moving to the suburbs in Connecticut named Stepford. From there Katherine and Paula’s characters Joanna and Bobbi noticed the strange personalities of many of the housewives in the town. The housewives are dressing the same, speaking the same, and speaking the virtues of being subservient to their husbands. Make no mistake about it. These women are being replaced. The questions Joanna and Bobbi have are how and why.
If you are a fan of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” then you will find this film enjoyable and familiar. I find the familiarity between the two films startling. Whereas Jordan’s movie toyed with race. The Stepford Wives film does the same thing with gender roles. I was caught off guard by the similarities between the two films thematically. I probably will delve more into that when I do a discussion about “Get Out.” But until then enjoy this film.
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