Addams Family Values

Posted: September 17, 2018 in Movies
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Addams Family Values is that rare thing, it is a sequel that is as good as its predocessor. In fact I don’t think we will get adaptations of this famed ghoulish family which will beat either of these films. Addams Family Values, once again directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black), sees the entire cast return for a great sequel. The film hit U.K. cinemas Christmas ’93.

My dad loved these films. We saw the first one together and even today I remember getting joy from seeing how much fun he was having with the film. My dad was a hard man to please when it came to movies. He would be right at home at Variety or The Hollywood Reporter! As such both of the films hold a special place within my film loving heart. The fact they’re both great is the icing on the cake.

In ‘Values the film opens with the birth of the latest addition to the Addams family. While Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and Gomez (Raul Julia) are thrilled Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) set their sights on destroying their little brother. In comes Debbie Jellinsky (Joan Cusack) who becomes the nanny for the family and catches the heart of Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd). But Debbie is not all that she seems. No. Debbie is a serial killer known as the Black Widow. A master of disguise who has left a trail of bodies in her wake and now she has Fester and his family fortune in her sights!

The script for the sequel is excellent. A lot of the humour comes from the sight gags and the one liners. None of which I’d want to ruin except to say the film is very funny and has a lot of quotable lines. Huston and Julia are yet again brilliant in their roles. Perfectly cast. Look out for a bigger role for Wednesday too. Ricci is excellent here and it’s no surprise to see Wednesday get much more to do in this sequel. The rest of the cast are great in their roles but obviously Joan Cusack as Debbie is the big new addition to the family and she fits right in. A summer camp sub-plot featuring Peter MacNicol and Christine Baranski as nightmare camp counselors is another highlight in the comedy department.

Sonnenfeld gives the film its look and sets the tone much like he did so well in the first film. The sets, the Addams home in particular, are real standouts. I love the world of this movie so much. I wish we had gotted more of these Addams Family movies with all the same talent involved but it didn’t turn out that way. On the other hand I am very pelased and grateful to have two excellent Addams Family movies that today have lost none of their laughs nor their smarts. An great sequel that leaves fans with two timeless Addams Family movies to re-visit again and again.


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