Addams Family Values (1993) Poster


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Adding more than just make-up to the character, Morticia Addams is always lit separately from everyone else in a scene. Her lighting always consists of one beam of light across her eyes that gradually fades outward to enhance her classic look.
Carol Kane, who plays Grandmama, is almost a year younger than Anjelica Huston, who plays her daughter, Morticia Addams.
The baby's name, Pubert, was the name originally suggested (and rejected) for Pugsley by Charles Addams when he was asked by the producers of The Addams Family (1964) to name the hitherto unnamed characters in his cartoons.
(At around fifty-six minutes) Nathan Lane has a cameo as a police officer. He portrayed Gomez Addams in the 2010 Broadway musical version of "The Addams Family".
The character of Pubert Addams (a boy) was played by twin girls, Kaitlyn Hooper and Kristen Hooper.
While being brainwashed at camp, one of the films that Wednesday and Pugsley are made to watch is the musical Annie (1982), directed by Anjelica Huston's father, John Huston. That film also featured Tim Curry, who played Gomez Adams in Addams Family Reunion (1998).
Wednesday and Pugsley's old-fashioned swimsuits are Victorian styles, circa the late 1800s to early 1900s (Victorian era). In fact, throughout the film, numerous references and styles from the Victorian era are seen in the Addams household. The modest black clothes, towering house and the decor are all from the Victorian and Edwardian era. The family has very few modern items or fixtures in the household (we see Debbie watching television).
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 "first nation".
The song Lurch plays at Fester's wedding is "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof.
Anjelica Huston's eyes were always illuminated in every scene. That was also done to Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest (1981).
After the bachelor party, Gomez is seen making a bottle for Pubert with strange ingredients, such as Worcestershire Sauce and a raw egg. This is an old hangover remedy sometimes referred to as "Hair of the Dog", although "hair of the dog" can also refer to drinking the same beverage that got you drunk the night before. Gomez then gives the bottle to Pubert and says "Hair of the Pup". Pubert is wearing sunglasses, implying a hangover.
Michael Jackson was signed on to write and perform a song for the film's soundtrack, and to promote it with a video. Although he was able to finish the song, contractual difficulties, coupled with the child molestation allegations made against Jackson, resulted in the song being dropped from the soundtrack, and the video was never filmed. The song, "Is It Scary", was later included on Jackson's 1997 "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix" album, and was also used in his short film Ghosts (1997).
David Krumholtz's character says at one point he has every card for his Serial Killer Card Collections "except Jack the Ripper and that Zodiac Guy." Jack the Ripper and The Zodiac Killer are the real world's most famous uncaught serial killers.
In the television series, Fester is Morticia's uncle. In the films, however, Fester is Gomez's brother.
Not only is Gary's play "puerile and under-dramatized" (as Wednesday puts it), it's historically inaccurate. The Chippewa are from the Midwest. Pocahontas was a Powhatan, a tribe indigenous to Virginia. Neither she nor the Chippewa would've been present at the first Thanksgiving. Also, by 1621 (the first Thanksgiving), Pocahontas had already married John Rolfe, moved to England, and died.
A young Cynthia Nixon, most commonly known for her role as Miranda of Sex and the City (1998) appears briefly as an applicant for the nanny position early in the movie.
The Thanksgiving play took two weeks to film.
When Fester announces his engagement, Morticia makes an overt reference to the ring worn by Debbie being the same one in which Fester's grandmother was buried. Debbie slyly whips out a shovel, adding a literal component to her character's "golddigger" status.
The mentioning of Debbie's axe-murder of her second husband (and Grandmama's nostalgic sigh when she sees the slide) is a reference to the Addams family's having many ancestors and past cronies who were infamous serial killers, such as Zodiac, The Axeman, Jack the Ripper, et cetera. Wednesday and Pugsley's geeky summer camp pal (David Krumholtz) has a card collection of serial killers.
Christopher Lloyd, David Krumholtz, and Peter MacNicol appeared in Numb3rs (2005).
If you pay attention closely, you can see that the Addams' house has a different design, both exterior and interior.
Mercedes McNab (Amanda Buckman) appeared in The Addams Family (1991) as a Girl Scout.
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When Joel is showing Wednesday and Pugsley his "Serial Killers and Schizos" cards, the cards in his hand besides The Black Widow are James Earl Ray, (barely visible) David Berkowitz and Lizzie Borden; Pugsley then reveals his Amy Fischer card (misspelled; should have been Fisher). Christina Ricci (Wednesday) later played Lizzie Borden in Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014), and The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015). Lizzie Borden was tried and found not guilty of the murders. Yet despite this, and the fact that a known violent ex-con was seen hanging around the house at the time of the murders, and subsequently disappeared, many still believe that Lizzie was guilty. Amy Fisher shot and wounded, not killed, one person, and never was suspected of mental illness, so she is not a serial killer, nor a schizo.
DIRECTOR CAMEO (Barry Sonnenfeld): As Mr. Glicker, (Joel's dad).
Christopher Lloyd and Carol Kane appeared in Taxi (1978).
David Krumholtz played head elf Bernard in The Santa Clause (1994) and The Santa Clause 2 (2002) with Tim Allen. Joan Cusack (Debbie), Sam McMurray (Becky Buckman's father Don), Kaitlyn Hooper, and Kristen Hooper (who both played Pubert) acted along side Tim Allen as well. McMurray and the Hooper Twins had guest spots on Home Improvement (1991). Cusack played Jessie in the Toy Story film franchise with Allen. Tony Shalhoub (Jorge the sailor in the "Macho Man" scene) starred alongside Allen in Galaxy Quest (1999).
The song that Gomez and Morticia dance the tango to while on a double date with Fester and Debbie is a rendition of the original Addams Family theme song composed by Hollywood film and television composer Vic Mizzy
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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The license plates on Debbie's two cars (a Lincoln Town Car and a Mercedes-Benz SL) read "New York - A Nice State". They are a fictional design, the license plate slogan for New York is "The Empire State" (although this was absent from New York plates during the period this film was made), and the real design at the time consisted of blue lettering on a white background framed with two horizontal red stripes, with an image of the Statue of Liberty outlined in red. The plates in the film use green lettering on a white background surrounded by a green border (with no Statue of Liberty).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Twenty years after this movie was released, it was revealed that Christina Ricci didn't like kissing David Krumholtz. During filming, she kept complaining that he had a peach fuzz on his upper lip. She didn't like that.
Near the end of the film, when Uncle Fester meets Dementia (his love interest), he says "Dementia, what a beautiful name." This is very similar to what Doc Emmett Brown says in Back to the Future Part III (1990) when he meets Clara (his love interest), "Clara, what a beautiful name." Christopher Lloyd played both roles.
The ending, where "Debbie's" hand grabs Joel's elbow, is a reference to the movie Carrie (1976), when Sue has a nightmare where Carrie's hand grabs her elbow while visiting her grave.

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