Addams Family Values (1993) Movie Review

Addams Family Values (1993)

1993 | PG-13 | Fantasy, Comedy
94 minutes /

User Score: 73/100


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Addams Family Values Review

Synopsis:

A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.

Addams Family Values (1993) is a 1h 34-min American dark fantasy comedy film that is the sequel to American film The Addams Family (1991). Director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black (1997), Wild Wild West (1999), Men in Black II (2002), Get Shorty (1995)) did an exceptional job executing this awesome movie. Addams Family Values was a well-developed movie with developed characters, comedy (sometimes overdone), easy special effects, delightful screenplay and an engaging, fun cast.

Gomez (Raul Julia - The Addams Family (1991), Street Fighter (1994), Presumed Innocent (1990)) and his wife Morticia Addams decides to hire a nanny to take care of their baby boy Pubert. Morticia (Anjelica Huston - The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Addams Family (1991), 50/50 (2011)) and Gomez hired babysitter Debbie who has a dark secret the family does not know. Debbie (Joan Cusack - Working Girl (1988), Say Anything… (1989), Toy Story 3 (2010), Toy Story 2 (1999)) is a serial killer who is known as the Black Widow. The Black Widow marries rich guys so that she can inherit their wealth after she murders them on their wedding night.

Wednesday (Christina Ricci - Sleepy Hollow (1999), Monster (2003), The Opposite of Sex (1998), Black Snake Moan (2006)) became suspicious after Debbie seduces Uncle Fester. Debbie convinced Gomez and his wife to send Wednesday and her brother Pugsley to summer camp so that she can get rid of Wednesday snooping around and ruining her relationship with Fester. Wednesday and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman - The Addams Family (1991), As Good as It Gets (1997), Christmas in Connecticut (1992)) were teased at summer camp because of their outfits which do not resemble the other kids clothing. Joel (David Krumholtz - Gigi Does It (2015), Numb3rs (2005-2010), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), Ray (2004)) who also attends the summer camp becomes very fond of Wednesday.

Debbie tried to kill Fester during their honeymoon by throwing a radio in his bathtub, but big ole Fester survives leading frustrated Debbie into forcing Fester into not having anything to do with his family. Gomez became depressed after Pubert (Kaitlyn Hooper) transforms into an average baby with rosy cheeks and golden hair. Wednesday, Joel, and Pugsley escapes from camp but what are they up to? Will the Addams family see Fester again and have a good relationship with him? Will Fester survive the evilness he has to endure from Debbie? I enjoyed the movie in the 1990s, but I do not enjoy it as much today, and I think it is due to the age difference between the two viewings.

The cast gave us incredibly convincing performances and helped the comedy to flow naturally as I could not help myself from laughing out quite a bit. The special effects were not anything much to talk about as they appear cheap and could have been 60% better. The movie might have been better off without the special effects. I am not sure what the budget was for this film, but I would like to blame the weak special effects on the budget. The music was excellent as well as the sets, sound, and editing.


About Addams Family Values (1993)

Title: Addams Family Values
Year: 1993
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Reviewer:
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.65/5 stars from 41 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 41
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Christina Ricci, David Hyde Pierce, Chris Ellis, Tony Shalhoub, Ian Abercrombie, Christopher Lloyd, Andreana Weiner, Peter MacNicol, Carel Struycken, Sam McMurray, Vickilyn Reynolds, John Franklin, Christopher Hart, Harriet Sansom Harris, Anjelica Huston, Nathan Lane, Joan Cusack, Peter Graves, Carol Kane, Maureen Sue Levin, Darlene Levin, David Krumholtz, Micah Winkelspecht, Kristy Shirvani, Mercedes McNab, Lois De Banzie, Jamie Gordon, Micah Hata, Joey Wilcots, Julie Halston
Writers: Charles Addams, Paul Rudnick
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

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