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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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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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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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£932,222 (UK) (10 December 1993)

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$48,860,359 (USA)
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Carol Kane, who plays Grandmama, is almost a year younger than Anjelica Huston, who plays her daughter, Morticia Addams. See more »

Goofs

When the back of the "Murderers Killers and Pyschos" card is shown, it contains a typo in the biography that states "Known for marring rich lonely men and then killing them on what hey (sic) expected to be a glorious wedding night, the Black Widow uses a variety of disguises to lull her victims into a sense of false security. Her exact likeness is still unknown to the police." 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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Follows The Addams Family (1991) See more »

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Eat Us
by Marc Shaiman and Paul Rudnick
Performed by Jimmy Workman (uncredited)
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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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