YMMV: The Stepford Wives
The book, the original film and its sequels:
- Harsher in Hindsight: In the film, the gallery director asks Joanna why she takes pictures. She answers, "I want to be remembered." Think about that once she's been replaced by a mindless double.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In the book, Joanna says she and Walter bought their house from a couple called Pilgrim, who lived there for two months before moving to Canada.
- Julie Kavner appearing in Revenge of the Stepford Wives, considering her more famous role as Marge Simpson, who also gave up her dreams of being more than just a housewife and is considered a Stepford Smiler by many.
- It Was His Sled: The Robotic Reveal of the original was the film's shocking surprise ending. Thirty years later, when the phrase "Stepford Wife" had entered the lexicon, the remake assumed audience familiarity with the concept and played it for laughs.
The 2004 remake:
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The scene where the husbands use one of the wives as an ATM.
- There's also the unstoppable twirling scene and the remote control breast size scene. These were actually meant to be rather blatant Foreshadowing, but were rendered bizarre because of the last minute change to the ending.
- Designated Hero: The three protagonists are all jerks. Both Joanna and Bobbi are Straw Feminists, the former being a Corrupt Corporate Executive who created reality shows revolving around women domineering over the men in their lives, the latter of whom couldn't care less about her own family and treated them as an annoyance, even writing a book that tells women to cut their husbands' balls off as they sleep for absolutely no reason. Meanwhile, the Camp Gay Roger regularly went out of his way to embarrass his partner. It is easy to see why some were Rooting for the Empire.
- Fans Prefer the New Her: Joanna's robot replacement was an Unnecessary Makeover in the original film, given that she was already quite good-looking beforehand. Here, though, the women look much better as "robots".
- Shocking Swerve: The 2004 remake ends with a twist: the wives simply have chips in their brains that are easily deactivated, rather than being robot doubles, so we can have a happy ending. This creates a large plot hole, as it contradicts a few scenes like one of the wives acting like an ATM and spewing dollar bills from her mouth, or the Camp Gay guy apparently looking at his robot double in horror. One deleted scene with Bette Midler's character going nuts with various housecleaning accessories in her body makes it very clear that they were originally intended to be robots.