History StepfordSmiler / Film

17th Jan '16 10:54:00 PM redandready45
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* Meryl in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about cocoa when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24/7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]]

--> '''Veronica:''' If you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host.
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--> '''Veronica:''' If you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host.host. * ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' ** Meryl is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about cocoa when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24/7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]] ** Marlon, Truman's best friend, is also this according to WordOfGod. He actually became Truman's real friend over the course of their lives, and underneath the image of beer-swilling party animal, is a deeply broken over having lied to him. [[spoiler: In a deleted scene, he turns a blind eye to Truman's escape.
14th Jan '16 5:52:58 AM WarriorSparrow
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** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation There's also speculation]] that even ''Joy'' is a StepfordSmiler , with some hints at her DoubleConsciousness desire to live life through Riley. Even further supported in one picture of the art book, where we see what her room looks like that reveals even more of her Hidden Depths: [[spoiler: Her room has a PocketDimension window that leads to a HappyPlace modeled after [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's house]], and her room itself has pictures on the wall of her doing things like ballet and [[MissingMom being hugged by an older woman who looks like her, with the picture labeled "Me & Mom"]]]].
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** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation There's also speculation]] speculation that even ''Joy'' is a StepfordSmiler , StepfordSmiler, with some hints at her DoubleConsciousness desire to live life through Riley. Riley. Even further supported in one picture of the art book, where we see what her room looks like that reveals even more of her Hidden Depths: [[spoiler: Her room has a PocketDimension window that leads to a HappyPlace modeled after [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's house]], and her room itself has pictures on the wall of her doing things like ballet and [[MissingMom being hugged by an older woman who looks like her, with the picture labeled "Me & Mom"]]]].
14th Jan '16 5:50:50 AM WarriorSparrow
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** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation There's also speculation]] that even ''Joy'' is a StepfordSmiler , with some hints at her DoubleConsciousness desire to live life through Riley. Even further supported in one picture of the art book, where we see what her room looks like that reveals even more of her Hidden Depths: [[spoiler: Her room has a PocketDimension window that leads to a HappyPlace modeled after [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's house]], and her room itself has pictures on the wall of her doing things like ballet and [[MissingMom being hugged by an older woman who looks like her, with the picture labeled "Me & Mom"]]]].
13th Jan '16 5:28:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied with the camp counselors in the second ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family]]'' movie. Also, Wednesday's (fake) smile while at the camp, which is met with a "She's scaring me!" from another camper.
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* Parodied with the camp counselors in the second ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family]]'' ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'' movie. Also, Wednesday's (fake) smile while at the camp, which is met with a "She's scaring me!" from another camper.

* TildaSwinton in ''MichaelClayton'' makes every effort to appear a confident and poised professional who loves her job, but behind the scenes she's a timid, nervous wreck.
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* TildaSwinton Creator/TildaSwinton in ''MichaelClayton'' ''Film/MichaelClayton'' makes every effort to appear a confident and poised professional who loves her job, but behind the scenes she's a timid, nervous wreck.

* Janine in ''Animal Kingdom'': she maintains a sugary-sweet maternal demeanor as she [[spoiler:witnesses the criminal activity of her many sons, deals with the death of three of her children, plots to have her grandson murdered and blackmails a man into killing him.]] * Lucille Slocumb in ''Kingdom Come'' maintains the role of cheerful people-pleaser and peacemaker while under the stress of struggling with infertility, her recovering alcoholic husband, Ray Bud, planning her father-in-law's funeral, and dealing with a group of crazy relatives and friends. At one point she goes into a bathroom and downs "nerve pills". She [[BreakTheCutie finally snaps]] at the viewing when she comes across a [[BerserkButton bucket of chicken that triggers memories of a traumatic experience]]. The next day Lucille nearly has another breakdown when the funeral is delayed because of the preacher's "intestinal difficulty" and Ray Bud threatens to yank the bathroom door off the hinges, telling Ray Bud, "I don't have my nerve pills on me today!" * ''BadTeacher'': Amy Squirrell. * Karen from ''LoveActually'' is a more positive version of the trope. She tells one of her friends whose wife has recently died that he shouldn't openly cry because "people hate sissies". When she finds out that [[spoiler: her husband bought his secretary an expensive necklace for Christmas]] she only cries in private but puts on a smile when she returns to her kids in the living room.
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* Janine in ''Animal Kingdom'': ''Film/AnimalKingdom'': she maintains a sugary-sweet maternal demeanor as she [[spoiler:witnesses the criminal activity of her many sons, deals with the death of three of her children, plots to have her grandson murdered and blackmails a man into killing him.]] * Lucille Slocumb in ''Kingdom Come'' ''Film/KingdomCome'' maintains the role of cheerful people-pleaser and peacemaker while under the stress of struggling with infertility, her recovering alcoholic husband, Ray Bud, planning her father-in-law's funeral, and dealing with a group of crazy relatives and friends. At one point she goes into a bathroom and downs "nerve pills". She [[BreakTheCutie finally snaps]] at the viewing when she comes across a [[BerserkButton bucket of chicken that triggers memories of a traumatic experience]]. The next day Lucille nearly has another breakdown when the funeral is delayed because of the preacher's "intestinal difficulty" and Ray Bud threatens to yank the bathroom door off the hinges, telling Ray Bud, "I don't have my nerve pills on me today!" * ''BadTeacher'': ''Film/BadTeacher'': Amy Squirrell. * Karen from ''LoveActually'' ''Film/LoveActually'' is a more positive version of the trope. She tells one of her friends whose wife has recently died that he shouldn't openly cry because "people hate sissies". When she finds out that [[spoiler: her husband bought his secretary an expensive necklace for Christmas]] she only cries in private but puts on a smile when she returns to her kids in the living room.
17th Nov '15 7:23:31 AM Blazer
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* Riley of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. [[spoiler:She absolutely refuses to be sad as she thinks that its for her parents' sake. This has the unfortunate side effect of having Joy in control all the time and keeping Sadness out of a job.]]
9th Sep '15 1:07:40 PM lalalei2001
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It's cocoa, actually XD
* Meryl in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about coffee when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24 / 7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]]
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* Meryl in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about coffee cocoa when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24 / 7 24/7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]]
31st Aug '15 6:14:24 AM deathmaster87
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* Noriko in Creator/YasujiroOzu's ''Film/TokyoStory'' is constantly smiling, even when agreeing with his sister-in-law that life is disappointing. She only breaks down once, near the end of the film, when she admits her loneliness and shame brought on by her husband's death.
14th Jun '15 9:13:49 PM WillBGood
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* ''Film/TheStepfordWives'' is the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]. The wives are a kind of Type B, being [[spoiler:robots]].
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* ''Film/TheStepfordWives'' is the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]. The wives are a kind of Type B, Empty type, being [[spoiler:robots]].

* The "Machine Man" in ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' when made to look like Maria, is a literal Type B (because she's actually a robot). Somewhat [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] because the main character figures out from her actions and the beliefs she espouses, but no one else does. [[spoiler: She even laughs as she's being burned at the stake, before her true form reveals itself.]]
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* The "Machine Man" in ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' when made to look like Maria, is a literal Type B literally Empty (because she's actually a robot). Somewhat [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] because the main character figures out from her actions and the beliefs she espouses, but no one else does. [[spoiler: She even laughs as she's being burned at the stake, before her true form reveals itself.]]

* Esther in ''Film/{{Orphan}}'' is a [[{{Yandere}} Type C]]. * [[AlphaBitch Christie-Masters-Christiansen]] from ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'' turns into a Type A after her high school glory days are [[FutureLoser over.]] She pretends her unfulfilling life and loveless marriage is domestic bliss, and that her unfaithful barfly [[JerkJock husband]] is "in real estate" when really he nails drywall for her father's company. When she finds out her former underlings are [[GreenEyedMonster happier than she is]], she even tries to convince them they should be jealous of her. * Helen from ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'' is a Type A.
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* Esther in ''Film/{{Orphan}}'' is a [[{{Yandere}} Type C]]. Unstable]]. * [[AlphaBitch Christie-Masters-Christiansen]] from ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'' turns into a Type A Depressed after her high school glory days are [[FutureLoser over.]] She pretends her unfulfilling life and loveless marriage is domestic bliss, and that her unfaithful barfly [[JerkJock husband]] is "in real estate" when really he nails drywall for her father's company. When she finds out her former underlings are [[GreenEyedMonster happier than she is]], she even tries to convince them they should be jealous of her. * Helen from ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'' is a Type A.Depressed.

* Elsa and Anna from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' are both Type A's, at least at the beginning. Anna is constantly cheerful and friendly despite her loneliness and desperation for someone that loves her, and Elsa constantly has to remind herself to "be the good girl you always have to be" for the sake of her sister and her kingdom, despite her misery. Anna gradually manages to become genuinely happy over the course of the movie as she finds friends and love, while Elsa is eventually pushed over the edge, which prompts her to toss away the mask completely.
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* Elsa and Anna from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' are both Type A's, Depressed, at least at the beginning. Anna is constantly cheerful and friendly despite her loneliness and desperation for someone that loves her, and Elsa constantly has to remind herself to "be the good girl you always have to be" for the sake of her sister and her kingdom, despite her misery. Anna gradually manages to become genuinely happy over the course of the movie as she finds friends and love, while Elsa is eventually pushed over the edge, which prompts her to toss away the mask completely.

* Unikitty from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is a Type C; her bubbly personality hides serious anger issues, and when she finally snaps...
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* Unikitty from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is a Type C; Unstable; her bubbly personality hides serious anger issues, and when she finally snaps...

* In ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', being absorbed by the pods turns you into a [[EmptyShell Type B]] version of this. [[spoiler: By the end of the movie, this happens to either an entire town or to the entire U.S., depending on whether you're watching the original version or the 1978 remake.]] * There's a rare humorous example of a Type B Stepford Smiler in ''Film/AnnieHall'', with a couple that Alvy Singer approaches on the street for relationship advice:
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* In ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', being absorbed by the pods turns you into a [[EmptyShell Type B]] version of this.{{Empty|Shell}}. [[spoiler: By the end of the movie, this happens to either an entire town or to the entire U.S., depending on whether you're watching the original version or the 1978 remake.]] * There's a rare humorous example of a Type B an Empty Stepford Smiler in ''Film/AnnieHall'', with a couple that Alvy Singer approaches on the street for relationship advice:
9th Jun '15 4:05:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* From the Trope Namer, the 2004 version of ''TheStepfordWives'' had a gay couple, one of whom, [[spoiler:played by Roger Bart]] was a male example. The [[spoiler:main 'leader', played by Christopher Walken]] was one, too. [[spoiler:Said male leader was a ''robot'', built and programmed as "the perfect stepford husband" by Glenn Close's character to cope with her husband's adultery, and perhaps even her murder of him.]]
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* From the Trope Namer, the 2004 version of ''TheStepfordWives'' ''Film/TheStepfordWives2004'' had a gay couple, one of whom, [[spoiler:played by Roger Bart]] was a male example. The [[spoiler:main 'leader', played by Christopher Walken]] was one, too. [[spoiler:Said male leader was a ''robot'', built and programmed as "the perfect stepford husband" by Glenn Close's character to cope with her husband's adultery, and perhaps even her murder of him.]]

* Lenny in ''StrangeDays'' maintains his chipper huckster facade in public, but in private he's deeply depressed. * Conner Rooney in ''RoadToPerdition'' smiles when he is feeling shamed or humiliated, particularly when his father shows favoritism to Michael. When Peter asks him why he's always smiling, he leans down and deadpans, "Because it's all so fucking hysterical."
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* Lenny in ''StrangeDays'' ''Film/StrangeDays'' maintains his chipper huckster facade in public, but in private he's deeply depressed. * Conner Rooney in ''RoadToPerdition'' ''Film/RoadToPerdition'' smiles when he is feeling shamed or humiliated, particularly when his father shows favoritism to Michael. When Peter asks him why he's always smiling, he leans down and deadpans, "Because it's all so fucking hysterical."

* Paul and Mary Bland of ''Eating Raoul'' are probably the world's most upbeat and together conservative couple ever, even as they descend into [[spoiler:theft, murder and cannibalism]].
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* Paul and Mary Bland of ''Eating Raoul'' ''Film/EatingRaoul'' are probably the world's most upbeat and together conservative couple ever, even as they descend into [[spoiler:theft, murder and cannibalism]].

* The trope as a whole is mocked in ''{{Heathers}}'':
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* The trope as a whole is mocked in ''{{Heathers}}'':''Film/{{Heathers}}'':
13th Apr '15 9:10:01 AM SilverDollar
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** Wonka himself has shades of this in the Burton version. That smile that ''never stops'', and when it does...scary time. And meanwhile he's cracking up with flashbacks to his suppressed childhood.
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