The Stepford Wives is a 2004 American science fiction film. It was directed by Frank Oz from a screenplay by Paul Rudnick and stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken, Faith Hill and Glenn Close. The film is a remake of the 1975 film of the same name, which in turn was based on Ira Levin's 1972 novel.
Joanna Elbert (Kidman) and her husband Wayne (Broderick) move from New York City to the suburban town of Stepford after Joanna is fired from her job as a television network executive. They soon discover that nearly all of the town's men spend their days hanging out at the Stepford Men's Club while their beautiful wives (who always seem to have perfect hair, makeup, and figures) spend all day baking cookies and doting on their husbands in every way possible. Joanna and her friends, newcomers Bobbie (Middler) and Roger (Roger Bart), are the only 'normal' spouses in town.
Soon both Bobbie and Roger become mindlessly cheerful "Stepford Wives." Joanna confronts Walter and the other men and discovers that the men have been transplating the brains of their wives into android bodies, then fitting the brains with mind control chips, creating perfect and obedient spouses. She learns that a clone has been prepared for her as well. The other men leave Walter and Joanna for Walter to make the final preparations. Later, Joanna appears at the grocery store as yet another mindless android.
At a fancy former dance party, Walter and Joanna reveal that they did not go through with the transformation. Joanna keeps everyone distracted while Walter sneaks back into the transformation room and deactivates the mind control chips. Walter, Joanna, and the freed women confront town leader Mike (Walken) only to discover that he is a "Stepford Husband" and that his wife Claire (Close) is the actual mastermind. Claire electrocutes herself by kissing the decapitated body of her android husband.
In a closing scene, the men of Stepford have all been placed under house arrest, and they are forced to do all of the housework by their wives.