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

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On any day of the week, you could expect a newborn baby to be nurtured and loved by his older sister. Except, of course, if it's Wednesday. Pubert is the latest addition to the Addams family and, to prevent sibling rivalry escalating to fratricide, Wednesday and Pugsley are shipped off to summer camp and a nanny is hired. Debby Jellinsky is great with wrinkling baldies, which makes her the perfect nanny for Pubert and the unlikely wife of Uncle Fester. The question is..."Is she grave-digging or gold-digging?" Written by Tim McSmythurs <Tim.McSmythurs@swindon.ericsson.se>

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The Family Just Got A Little Stranger. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for macabre humor | See all certifications »

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19 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Addams Family 2  »

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Opening Weekend:

£932,222 (UK) (10 December 1993)

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£6,342,043 (UK) (4 February 1994)
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Trivia

The mentioning of Debbie's axe-murder of her second husband (and Gramma's nostalgic sigh when she sees the slide) is a reference to the Addams family's having many ancestors/past cronies who were infamous serial killers, such as Zodiac, The Axeman, Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Bordon, etc. Wednesday and Pugsley's geeky summer-camp pal has a card collection of serial killers. See more »

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Becky's hand goes from one of Wednesday's shoulders to the other when they're arguing about hugging. See more »

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[first lines]
Wednesday: [giving a funeral to a cat in a shoe-box] Come, sorrow; we welcome thee. Let us join in grief, rejoice in despair, and honor the fortunate dead.
Grandma: Dearly beloved...
Wednesday: [the cat mews and Wednesday shakes the box] Shh! Quiet!
Grandma: [starts piling dirt on the box]
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Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree
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Very funny
11 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty) takes a zany script written by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, In and Out) and directs with an exhilarating rhythm to tell the tale of Uncle Fester's marriage to a suspicious young nanny (Joan Cusack) and its effect on the Addams family.

All the actors are absolutely wonderful but Cusack steals the movie with a gleefully nasty turn as the murderous Debbie. Her without-peer comedic talent is more strongly showcased here -watch the scene when Debbie sits in a car waiting for a house to explode- than in her award winning role as Kevin Kline's jilted bride in In and Out. Angelica Huston and Raoul Julia are magnetic in dramatic roles but they also have sensational comic timing and their Morticia and Gomez make a memorable dark-humored pair, most notably in the scenes where the sexual innuendo takes a front-row seat. Peter MacNichol (Ally McBeal) and Christine Baranski (The Ref) have a ball as the irritating summer camp counslers and Christina Ricci will probably never top her performance as Wednesday.

It's a guilty pleasure and a fun ride, zipping by in an hour and a half and also features a hilarious cameo by Peter Graves (Airplane). Check it out!


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