Addams Family Values

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



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When the Addams family welcomes a new baby, they hire a devious nany, Cussack, who falls in love with and marries Fester. Her true intentions are revealed as a serial killer who marries wealthy men but she is no match for the insanity of the Addams.


Anjelica Huston
as Morticia Addams
Raul Julia
as Gomez Addams
Christopher Lloyd
as Fester Addams
Joan Cusack
as Debbie Jelinsky
Christina Ricci
as Wednesday Addams
Carol Kane
as Granny
Jimmy Workman
as Pugsley Addams
David Krumholtz
as Joel Glicker
Dana Ivey
as Margaret
Peter MacNicol
as Gary Granger
Christine Baranski
as Becky Granger
Mercedes McNab
as Amanda Buckman
Nathan Lane
as Desk Sergeant
Kristin Hooper
as Pubert Addams
Charles Busch
as Countess Aphasia du Barry
Sam McMurray
as Don Buckman
Harriet Sansom Harris
as Ellen Buckman
Julie Halston
as Mrs. Glicker
Barry Sonnenfeld
as Mr. Glicker
John Franklin
as Cousin It
Laura Esterman
as Cousin Ophelia
Darlene Levin
as Fauna Amor
Carol Hankins
as Dementia
Lois DeBanzie
as Delivery Nurse
Vickilyn Reynolds
as Foreceps Nurse
Edye Byrde
as Mrs. Montgomery
David Hyde Pierce
as Delivery Room Doctor
Andreana Weiner
as Obnoxious Girl
Monet Mazur
as Flirting Woman
Francis Coady
as Flirting Man
Chris Ellis
as Moving Man
Zach Phifer
as Passprt Clerk
Matthew Beebe
as Wheelchair Camper
Jason Fife
as 1st Camper
Karl David-Djerf
as 2nd Camper
Haley Peel
as Young Debbie
Judith Malina
as Grandmama
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  • Aug 13, 2017
    I remember watching this movie at the cinemas and remembering how much better than the original film it was. The first film had a muddled story but it created the groundwork for the family dynamic, which is the heart and soul of the film series. The film failed terribly at the box office, essentially killing the franchise dead in its tracks, I couldn't understand the reason for ignoring this film. Looking back it is still a superior film, the humour is right on target and the plot has improved so much, the first film had a weak premise with superb casting. This film should of been the stepping stone for at two more sequels and I think fans needed to show up in bigger support. In a world where comic books movies recycle plots and villains, it's interesting to see films that had oddball characters and inventive characters. I will revisit Waynes World 2 which died a similar death and came out around the same time. My only regret watching this film is knowing that there are no more films in the series. This could've of been a great series if it was given a chance, a giant missed opportunity. 13-08-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2014
    A far funnier affair than the first one. Without the burden of trying to establish the world and pay homage to the original series the filmmakers could do whatever they wanted . . . Joan Cusack is such a great villain here.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2014
    The strange and bizarre antics of the Addams Family continue in the off-the-wall sequel Addams Family Values. The story follows a black widow who poses as the Addams' new nanny and attempts to seduce Fester; meanwhile Wednesday and Pugsley are sent off to summer camp. Unfortunately, the comedy isn't as edgy and morose as the first film. And, the cast give rather underwhelming performances; except for Christina Ricci, who really steps up and carries the film. In fact, it's the B-story that delivers most of the laughs as Wednesday gets into a rivalry with one of her fellow camp mates and rebels against her counsels. Though it's not as good as the original, Addams Family Values is still hilariously entertaining.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2012
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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