Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980)

Although it’s hard not to notice the significantly reduced budget and the constraints of network television standards, this direct sequel to the underrated 1975 original is a blast to watch from beginning to end. There are a few changes from the mythology in the original but it’s all in good, cheesy fun. What really makes the whole movie so much fun to watch is the participation of a star-studded cast, with Sharon Gless, Julie Kavner and Don Johnson delivering surprisingly dedicated, compelling performances. Kavner, in particular, is arresting from her first scene onwards, while Gless makes a likable, resourceful heroine. It’s certainly not for discerning viewers, but those who enjoy pop culture obscurities and early 1980s television standards will find plenty to appreciate here.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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