Fifty-Foot Feminist

A dated, shlocky sci-fi flick gets a first-rate comic revamp for the Susan Faludi age

Nancy Archer is the goofy, exaggerated incarnation of a character we know well: she is every Victorian heroine anguished by her own passivity, every sit-com wife stuck in a split-level with a Michelob-loving numbskull. She is the woman who has had enough -- Thelma or Louise, or Lorena Bobbitt minus a kitchen knife.

In the inadvertently hilarious 1958 science-fiction film Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, now re-made for HBO (Dec. 11, 8 p.m. EST), Nancy is trapped by a philandering husband and a cruel, cruel fate. Afflicted with ray burns suffered when she is seized by a huge space monster,...

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