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Comedy - Family

Addams Family Values (1993)


Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story The original Addams family were the subject of a series of cartoons in the New Yorker between 1938 and 1988 by Charles Addams. They spawned multiple presentation as films, TV shows and animated series.
Director Barry Sonnenfeld
Writers/Script Paul Rudnick
Starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack, Christina Ricci, Carol Kane, Jimmy Workman, Peter MacNicol, Christine Baranski

Elevator Pitch: When Morticia gives birth to a son (already equipped with his father’s moustache) there are problems in the family. Wednesday and Pugsley attempt to terminate the child and as a result a nanny is hired and the children sent off to summer camp. But it turns out that the nanny, Debbie, is actually an woman who kills her husbands on their wedding nights, and worse, Fester falls for her. Meanwhile at the summer camp the children’s emotional values are threatened by the relentless cheerfulness of the organisers.

Content: I had to check on the IMDb Content Advisory to see that Debbie appears to “stimulate” Fester at one point. Other than that just a lot of laughs. The chidren create mayhem at the summer camp. And there is a play within a play which is fun. Gomez and Morticia dance to the Addams Family TV music at one point. Lurch plays the organ, The Thing skateboards on a roller skate.

A View: This movie is not heavy on plot, mostly relying on the characters to entertain us with their otherworldliness, and they do. It was quite well liked by the critics most of whom  thought it was better than this director’s previous Addams outing. Actually it was quite expensive for 1993, and maybe did not make its money back. Even so it is probably worth the very moderate cost of a download if you can’t get to see it for nothing.

Additional Info: A song written by Michael Jackson for inclusion in the film was not featured bcause, it was rumoured, of  the sexual abuse allegations, but actually it was not featured because of contractual differences.

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