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Addams Family Values (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 19 November 1993 (USA)
A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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When an adorable baby boy is added to the Addams household, Wednesday and Pugsley do not hate the baby, they just aren't necessarily excited about his existence. Ok, yeah they do hate the baby. So Wednesday and Pugsley must get rid of the new addition one way or another. Meanwhile a new nanny is added to the household who overtakes Fester. The Addams must stop the nanny, but how?

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Creepier. Kookier. Spookier. Ookier. 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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Addams Family 2  »

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Opening Weekend:

£932,222 (UK) (10 December 1993)

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$48,860,359 (USA)
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The song Lurch plays at Fester's wedding is "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof. See more »

Goofs

During the whole movie, in some scenes where the Addamses wear pale make-up, they suddenly change from pale make-up to regular make-up. See more »

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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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Follows The Addams Family (1991) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
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Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Carl Struycken
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No longer rehashing old material, they're even funnier this time.
18 November 1999 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite films. Paul Rudnick clearly had a field day writing this screenplay.

As odd as it may seem, this sequel is in many ways superior to its predecessor. The first had to spend much of its time introducing the Family--and, just as importantly, paying (totally justified) homage to Charles Addams' brilliant cartoons and to the old television series. As a result, the plot felt forced, as if it had been the best way the writers could think of to showcase all the source material. In the end, one left the theater feeling that the movie had been 'about' the old sight gags. And then there was the totally shameless product placement...but I digress.

Addams Family Values, on the other hand, gets to be more playful. Because we all know who we're dealing with by now, we don't have to spend nearly so much time introducing the family and their skewed universe. Instead, the characters get more of a chance to develop as they glide blithely through a fuller, more cohesive story.

Paul Rudnick's screenplay is masterful--you'll be quoting from it for weeks. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are particularly marvelous as one of the most genuinely loving, passionate couples you've seen in ages. In a weird sort of way.

That dance number! Morticia's ever-present shaft of light! Christina Ricci as the sublime Wednesday! Joan Cusack, unhinged! A split-second cameo by Charles Busch! Oh, rapture. I could go on and on, but I'm running out of superlatives. Suffice it to say that this movie is well worth your time.


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