The Stepford Wives

Movie • 2004 • Comedy  

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What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who've created this high-tech, terrifying little town.
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Does the dog die?
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SPOILERS: The robot dog is based on a real dog, but we later learn that the originals aren't killed in order to make the robots, so there's no reason to think the dog is dead.
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
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There's no physical violence at any point. A woman mentions murdering her husband, but this happens years before the events of the film and we don't see anything on screen.
The plot of the film revolves around men offering up their (unwilling) wives for brainwashing to make them 'perfect' and controllable slaves. It's a creepy undertone throughout the film
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Anyone who expresses doubt or questions anything about Stepford is gaslighted into thinking it’s the perfect place. After the barn dance, everyone (especially Walter) treats Joanna like she’s crazy for being concerned about a woman who appeared to have a seizure. Walter even accuses her of only being upset because she wasn’t listened to/treated like an authority figure. This movie can be pretty frustrating in how frequently Joanna is gaslighted/invalidated, so if you’re sensitive to this, maybe avoid watching.
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Is a child abused?
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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No but some characters discuss the various prescription drugs they used in the past to deal with their stressful lives.
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People drink but no one is ever drunk, let alone shown to have any kind of drinking problem.
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Are animals abused?
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Is there a dead animal?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Is someone restrained?
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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No but a robot's head falls off.
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Does someone break a bone?
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Not really - we think a woman has a seizure but in reality something else is going on. The scene has her acting erratically and collapsing, worrying those around her, and may be triggering for some.
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
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It's implied that none of the spouses were willingly experimented on and this can be seen as kidnapping. We never see anyone explicitly abducted, but towards the end of the film a woman is captured in a building and taken away.
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Does a parent die?
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We think a parent is killed, but later it's revealed that they survived.
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Does someone cheat?
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Someone reveals that their spouse cheated on them years ago. There's no on-screen cheating.
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Fear
Are there jump scares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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Medical
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There are two brief comments that suggested the protagonist was shocked off-screen to 'help' her recover from a nervous breakdown.
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Joanna is at an inpatient facility after she has a nervous breakdown. It’s unclear if it’s a general hospital or if it’s specifically a psych unit, but she’s there for mental health.
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Joanna is shown in her hospital room surrounded by bouquets of flowers after she has a nervous breakdown. It doesn’t look like a typical hospital room.
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
Does someone self harm?
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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The villain causes her own death by embracing a robot and getting electrocuted. She knows the risk and does so anyway.
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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jamieblazej
Roger is referred to as “girl” and “Miss Thing” by Stepford husbands because he’s gay.
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Does the black guy die first?
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There’s a lot of homophobia in Stepford, but it is kind of covert. By that I mean the citizens of the town preach acceptance but it’s very clear their “acceptance” is conditional. Gay men who aren’t stereotypically masculine or who display any stereotypical gay traits aren’t welcome.
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Are there n-words?
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Sex
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We hear two characters having sex off-screen.
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jamieblazej
The women in Stepford are treated like - and become - sexual objects for their husbands to do with as they please. Traditional gender roles are heavily enforced/embraced and women are made to pretty much exist to please their husband/other men.
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Are there nude scenes?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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EmmaWard
Not sure why people voted yes??? The ending is really positive! The protagonists escape, the brainwashed spouses regain control of their minds and Joanna and Walter's marriage is stronger than ever.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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None, but a robot's head is removed and we see the wires. That's the closest it gets to gory!
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Does someone drown?
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EmmaWard
At the very beginning of the film (during the network presentation) a man pulls out a handgun and shoots at a woman, appearing to injure her. He is quickly restrained and we then learn that the woman was not hurt. We also hear that he shot six other people, four of which are on life support. There's no further mention of these characters afterwards.
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