When an adorable baby boy is added to the Addams household, Wednesday and Pugsley do not hate him, they just aren't necessarily excited about his existence. OK...yeah, they do hate him. So they plot to get rid of him one way or another. Meanwhile, their parents hire a nanny for him and she charms Fester, but has evil intentions for him. The Addamses must stop her, but how?
Debbie first attempts to kill Fester by throwing an AC-powered boombox into the hotel bathtub, where Fester is relaxing. When she does, a ton of sparks fly from the bathtub, and all the light bulbs around the mirror blow out. This shouldn't happen for two reasons. First, the light bulbs would have to be in series with the boombox to blow out if the boombox was short-circuited; which would mean that they wouldn't work unless something was plugged into that outlet all the time, and that only one would blow out (it would act like a fuse). Obviously, lights and outlets are not wired in series, so those bulbs should not have blown out. Additionally, the boombox is plugged into a GFCI-protected outlet, which would turn off in milliseconds in that situation, preventing any sparks or short-circuits from occurring. This is also assuming that the tap water was conductive enough to short the boombox.
In real life, if the tap water was that conductive, and Debbie threw the boombox in, its power would be interrupted in milliseconds. The light bulbs wouldn't blow out either - if anything, they would dim until power was turned off (i.e. when the GFCI outlet tripped). 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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Other than the title, there are no opening credits. See more »
When Joel first enters the Harmony Hut to join Wednesday and Pugsley, after Gary takes his book away, he looks around and shrieks in horror to see a poster of Michael Jackson on the far wall. This part has been removed from some TV broadcasts. See more »
No longer rehashing old material, they're even funnier this time.
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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