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Addams Family Values (1993)

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78

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 10

New, well-developed characters add dimension to this batty satire, creating a comedy much more substantial than the original.

73

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 4

New, well-developed characters add dimension to this batty satire, creating a comedy much more substantial than the original.

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The ghoulish cartoon family created by Charles Addams returns for a second big-screen outing darker and nastier than the first. When Morticia Addams (Anjelica Huston) gives birth to new baby boy Pubert, the other Addams children, Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) and Wednesday (Christina Ricci), devise any number of ways to kill off their new sibling. This leads Morticia and her husband, Gomez Raul Julia, to hire a nanny (Joan Cusack) to oversee all three children. But the nanny has an agenda of her own,

PG-13,

Horror, Comedy

Charles Addams, Paul Rudnick

Feb 22, 2000

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (10) | DVD (13)

Uneven as it is, Addams Family Values is considerably more enjoyable than its predecessor. At this rate, if there's a third installment, it'll be a knockout. Or at least a TKO.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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You've got to respect a comedy that makes light of arson, torture, and murder in these squeamish times.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Somehow, the new production fails to sustain the creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky visual sweep that held the first film together.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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At its best, it's a valentine of venom, sent with mirth and malice aforethought.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Even if the sequel doesn't offer the delight of discovery, the trip back to Chateau Addams is more than the dead end it could have been.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like the first of the Addams chronicles, this is an essentially lazy movie, too often settling for easy gags and special effects that don't come to any really funny point.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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This delightful follow-up to The Addams Family is blessed with an even blacker vein of humour than the original.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Surprise, surprise -- Addams Family Values is more wicked, more warped and more tightly wound than The Addams Family. It's a dark comedy on the edge, way on the edge, and perhaps twice as funny as the original.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Though this sequel probably has more creative energy than its predecessor, the constant stream of one-liners and sight gags is very much hit or miss.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Addams Family Values turns out to be both a trick and a treat.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

This sequel to the 1990 picture contains some funny scenes and witty one-liners.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A dark comedy teens will love.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It is a rare feat to make a sequel better than its predecessor but here Sonnenfeld manages to do just that.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

That rare thing -- an enjoyable comedy sequel.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The good news is that the one-liners are much funnier than the first time, mainly thanks to the increased input of screenwriter Paul Rudnick.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The second Addams flick is actually funny, too. And obviously that goes a long way.

October 25, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

I like it when Hollywood apologizes. And I liked this movie. Apology accepted.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Addams Family Values

The ghoulish Addams clan return for another cinematic go round, and, like many sequels, this one fails to live up to the goods that the first delivered.

Well, I say that, but this one sometimes does a few things better than the first, but in the end still fails to surpass it.

The plot is basically the same as the first one, with a woman using Fester to get to the family fortune, though this one also spends a lot more time with a subplot, with the subplot being the best parts of the movie, and where the main focus should have been.

What we get here is a gold digging serial killers who makes Fester her main target. The subplot sees Wednesday and Pugsley shipped off to a summer camp for privileged kids, and Wednesday having to come into her own as she contends with the reprehensible snobs of the world.

This one isn't a fresh or fun as the first, but it does feature more scenes of the Addams family having to interact with the 'regular' world, especially with the subplot. This leads to many moments of fun commentary and satire, a lot of which works, though a fair amount of it is on the nose.

The stuff with Fester and the gold digging Debbie has its moments, but I think they could have come up with a more inspired plot and a better fitting antagonist. Given how the Addams family are the ultimately idle wealthy who also don't generally fear death, it's a bit tough to find a genuine threat, but I think they could have pulled it off, and just didn't because they felt more comfortable coasting on fumes.

The film is funny, but not as much as the first. The art direction, set design, and all that are still good though, and I liked that almost all of the original main cast returned, and not only that, but that they once again delivered some decent work. Even though I have mixed feelings with her character, I think Joan Cusack did fine as the main antagonist, and Carol Kane is an okay replacement for the late Judith Malina as Grandma Addams.

So yeah, even though this is a step down, it's still an okay film. It could have been a whole lot better, but it also could have been so much worse.
November 4, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

For me this sequel didn't quite hit the mark and I just can't pin point why to be honest. All the cast return so continuity is fine accept for the character of 'Granny' and this time the family have a two new members in the form of 'Baby Pubert' and 'Debbie' the psychopathic widow who goes from one man to the next.

I didn't really like the story choice for this film as it centres on 'Fester' again just like the first, maybe they could of used another character or a couple together perhaps, I also never really liked the baby premise as it tends to lean to much towards childish slapstick. The plot line about the black widow 'Debbie Jellinsky' wasn't too bad and did recover some more dark undertones but I think it should of been used with 'Gomez' maybe, plus I didn't really like Joan Cusack's performance at the time, its grown on me since.

I also never liked how the continuity of the film changed so much from the first (cast aside). Mainly the Mansion is in a different location, it looks different on the outside and the interior is vastly different. Some people won't care I know but things like that I notice and they annoy me, it doesn't make sense! why couldn't they keep it at least remotely the same?.

Unfortunately that's what we got, a lot of silly childish slapstick and baby humour all centered around 'Pubert', yes it was still ghoulish and macabre but it really stooped for the kids.
Things got better with 'Pugsley' and 'Wednesday' at their summer camp which introduced us to the allergic Jewish boy 'Joel Glicker' played wonderfully by David Krumholtz. The whole sub plot here was really quite funny and more devilish with the sinister camp leaders played eerily by Peter MacNicol and Christine Baranski with their 'harmony hut' torture hehe its a shame the whole film couldn't keep this tone of black humour throughout.

Again the film does look lovely in terms of costume and sets with more natty quirky visual effects and bizarre camera angles which add to the kookyness. I think this film just went that touch over the top, just a hint off the wall which made it feel a bit too much like a live action cartoon at times. At least the franchises posters still looked really sweet.
April 1, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Pretty good sequel to The Addams Family, the cast from the first film come back for more horrifying comedic fun. Although less memorable than the first film, the filmmakers craft a funnier film than the first. However I much preferred the original. With this entry, director Barry Sonnenfeld keeps a fine mix of humor and horror as the cast go through the zany material effortlessly. Enjoyable for a good time, and if you loved the first, then you're sure to like this one. I thought that the cast did a fine job here, and I thought each brought something new to the roles that made them unique from the first flick. I think it was sad though that it was one of Raoul Julia's last performances, and at least he went out with a bang as Gomez Addams. He really made the character his own in this sequel, and overall it's a fine tribute to a terrific actor who was a perfectionist of his craft, and the result shows on-screen. The Addams Family values delivers all the dark humor overtones you'd expect from the first, and though it's less perfect than the first, it still delivers great entertainment. Despite its flaws, the filmmakers still manage to overcome its imperfections and manage to make a film that is a good second and is a sequel that still plenty of effective gags and ideas to make it worthwhile. The Addams Family Values is demented good fun and succeeds at exploring new territory to keep the viewer interested. Where many sequels have failed, this film succeeds and is a must see for fans of the first.
October 11, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

One of the rare cases of the sequel easily topping the original film. With all characters of the insanely morbid family already established the film simply has fun going from there, throwing out one gag after another. As Fester is meeting the woman of his dreams, the kids are sent to summer camp, where they have to deal with blond bimbos and hippies. That culminates in the most hilarious deconstruction of a thanksgiving play ever put on film. The mean-spirited, disrespectful and deeply black sense of humor is refreshing, considering the majority of stinkers the 90s brought us in the comedy genre. Sure, this doesn't have much of a plot, but the characters and jokes make for very entertaining 90 minutes. Especially Christina Ricci's Wednesday is absolutely hilarious.
March 4, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

    1. Amanda Buckman: Hi, I'm Amanda Buckman. Why are you dressed like that?
    2. Wednesday Addams: : Like what?
    3. Amanda Buckman: Like you're going to a funeral. Why are you dressed like somebody died?
    4. Wednesday Addams: Wait.
    – Submitted by Bria M (2 years ago)
    1. Amanda Buckman: Is that your bathing suit?
    2. Wednesday Addams: Is that your overbite?
    – Submitted by Elaine G (2 years ago)
    1. Host: And then Mommy kissed Daddy, and the angel told the stork and the stork flew down from heaven and left a diamond under a leaf in the cabbage patch and the diamond turned in to a baby.
    2. Pugsley Addams: Our parent's are having a baby, too.
    3. Wednesday Addams: They had sex.
    – Submitted by Lizzy J (3 years ago)
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