Everyone in the suburb of Stepford, Connecticut looks perfect. Manicured nails, big smiles, big hair, and bigger heels. You probably know the twist of “Stepford Wives,” but that doesn’t mean this makeover is anything less than head-turning.
Sure, Joanna (played by Nicole Kidman) is just trying to fit in and make sure nobody realizes she hasn’t been turned into a femme-bot yet, but she makes it look so good it’s easy to forget this is less a new style and more a survival tactic. She’s supposed to look like a big plastic Barbie doll, but Kidman can look good in almost anything.
Made to Look Good
While maids don't exactly dress in frilly black-and-white dresses anymore, you'd be hard-pressed to say their actual looks are anything exciting. They're made for work, sometimes dirty work, and fancy looks just don't fit. That's the problem Jennifer Lopez ran into during “Maid in Manhattan,” who falls in love with a wealthy guest at her workplace and tries to dress fancy to make it seem like she isn't who she really is.
She comes up with some breathtaking looks, though the charade doesn't last the entire movie. By the end, she looks the part in a strapless gown and plenty of glittering jewelry.
Time for the Big Shopping Spree
In “Last Holiday,” frugal penny-pincher Georgia Byrd finds out that she's suffering from a terminal illness, and she tries to make the best of it. She has plenty of cash saved up, and she decides to shell out for some fancy clothes and a big makeover. Her demand at the boutique where this happens is for them to “make me international.”
She turns from a wallflower to the belle of the ball, and it's all about giving Georgia something great to send her off – even if she eventually figures out that her terminal illness isn't terminal.
Looking this Good is Evil
The recent movie “Cruella” is both unnecessary and not that good, but at least it presents us with one of the most dramatic movie makeovers ever. Estella (Emma Stone) wants to make it in the fashion world, and she eventually turns into the fashion-obsessed, vengeful, and murderous Cruella.
High fashion doesn't even begin to explain it, with each and every scene showing off amazing style. It's incredibly dramatic, and since the movie is all about the fashion industry, it makes perfect sense that the character would go all-out to look as eye-catching as possible. Each outfit is better than the next.
Going the Extra Mile
When it comes to the distance that some will go to make themselves into a new man or woman, nothing beats the action from “200 Pounds Beauty.” This South-Korean drama has a “ghost singer,” who pre-records her lines for movies and the like. In order to change her crush's mind about her, Hanna (played by Kim Ah-Joong) undergoes some drastic changes.
She gets the requisite makeup and clothing changes, but she also has some plastic surgery and works to lose all her extra weight – which was substantial – over an entire year. By the end, she's an entirely different person. But is it worth it?