The Stepford Wives
The remake, sadly. An unpleasant film that wastes its potential and gives the skin-crawling feeling at times that it actually believes the women and men are better off living their outdated domestic fantasies. I like Frank Oz much better as a puppeteer than a director.
The Prince & Me
A cute modern Cinderella story with Julia Stiles. I like the way she gives a little edge to classic romantic material. The dark valet (with his side remarks that cut through pretension) is more my taste than the blond fencing and horse-riding prince, but still, it’s a lovely little fable, and a thematic sequel of sorts to 10 Things I Hate About You.
And hey! Directed by the woman who directed Real Genius, Martha Coolidge! And set in Wisconsin, KC’s old stomping grounds! And featuring a riding lawn mower race! Also turns out that the valet, Ben Miller, was working on a physics Ph.D. when he switched to acting.
Brainy guys are so cool.