The Addams Family is not your typical family: they take delight in most of the things that "normal" people would be terrified of. Gomez Adams is an extremely wealthy man, and is able to ... See full summary »
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>
Wednesday bitterly quips that "Chippewa" in Camp Chippewa means "orphan". This is pure sarcasm; Chippewa is actually a form of the name Ojibwa (a Native American nation), the original meaning of which is unknown. See more »
During the house explosion, the interior view of Debbie's car has the driver's window closed (hence no force from the blast inside the car); however, when she gets out of the car, the window is down. See more »
[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.
[the cat mews and Wednesday shakes the box]
[starts piling dirt on the box]
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Considering what could have gone wrong with this movie, it's actually surprisingly good. When you think about sequels running in this vein, they often have problems. Addams Family Values does not.
The Addams Family was a funny, if not just plain strange, movie, and good for its genre. Addams Family Values does the original just as good and perhaps even one better. One very unconventional thing about Addams Family Values was that it had a higher rating (PG-13) than the Addams Family (PG), something rarely seen with a sequel. This rating was mostly due to the increased amount of violence in the movie, including the scene where the campers roast the annoying counselors over a fire and, of course, Debbie (Joan Cusack) and her homicidal ways.
A black comedy like its predecessor, Addams Family Values is an interesting movie and very funny. Look for smaller roles by perhaps bigger names than most of the regular cast: Nathan Lane as a police officer, David Hyde Pierce as a doctor, Tony Shalhoub as a drunken sailor, and Peter MacNicol and Christine Baranski as the Grangers.
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