The Stepford Wives

2004 PG-13 1h 33m DVD

The Stepford Wives

2004 PG-13 1h 33m DVD
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After moving to the beautiful suburb of Stepford with her husband (Matthew Broderick), career-driven Joanna (Nicole Kidman) begins to suspect something is radically wrong with the other wives, who are led by the perky and vacant Claire (Glenn Close). Are the husbands replacing these once-intelligent women with sexually compliant cyborg copies? Joanna's new friends, Bobbie (Bette Midler) and Roger (Roger Bart), also think something's off.
Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Faith Hill, Roger Bart, Jon Lovitz, David Marshall Grant, Matt Malloy, Tom Riis Farrell, Lorri Bagley
Frank Oz
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Stepford Wives is a remake of a '70s horror film that goes for comedy rather than scares, yet still has some material within that may traumatize younger viewers. Chief among them is a grisly scene in which a main character is revealed to be a robot and his head detaches from his body while his wife cradles and kisses the head. There are also many menacing situations involving moms, including a scene where a main character is shot at, and one where she confronts a robotic replica of herself. A gay man in the movie asserts he's not a "sissy" or "effeminate," and one painfully lengthy scene listens in on a husband and wife having very noisy sex, capped with a long climactic scream. Many characters drink and smoke and there are references to prescription drug abuse. Luxury brands from Gucci to Rolex are mentioned approvingly, and Nicole Kidman's character prominently uses a Macintosh computer.

Sexual Content

There are references to adultery and prostitution, and a long scene in which a husband and wife are heard very loudly making love. Also, a reference to using a pine cone as a vibrator, a joke that compares a penis to a banana, and so on.


The plot involves husbands implanting chips into the heads of their spouses, a notion played for comedy rather than horror (and all the victims recover). There are some grisly shots of a realistic-looking severed robot head. Guns are brandished and sometimes fired.


Profanity is infrequent, but a man in a gay couple says he's not "a sissy," while someone else praises him for not being "flamboyant." One woman calls herself a "big Jew."

Social Behavior

Individuality and freedom of choice are implicitly championed in The Stepford Wives, but these values are never stated or underlined.


Many brands are mentioned: Rolex, Versace, Gucci. Nicole Kidman's character prominently uses a Macintosh laptop.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters smoke cigars and drink beer. There are references to Viagra, Xanax, and Zoloft.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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