Addams Family Values

Addams Family Values

Infobox Film
name = Addams Family Values

image_size =
caption = The one-sheet promotional poster.
director = Barry Sonnenfeld
producer = Scott Rudin
writer = Charles Addams(characters)
Paul Rudnick
starring = Anjelica Huston
Raúl Juliá
Christopher Lloyd
Peter MacNicol
Joan Cusack
Christina Ricci
Carol Kane
Jimmy Workman
Kaitlyn and Kristen Hooper
Carel Struycken
music = Marc Shaiman
Ralph Sall
cinematography = Donald Peterman
editing = Jim Miller
Arthur Schmidt
distributor = Paramount Pictures
released = November 19, 1993
runtime = 94 min.
country = USA
language = English
budget =
gross = $48,919,043 (domestic) [ Addams Family Values at] ]
preceded_by = "The Addams Family"
followed_by = "Addams Family Reunion"
amg_id = 1:119904
imdb_id = 0106220

"Addams Family Values" is a 1993 Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated sequel to the 1991 comedy "The Addams Family". The movie was written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and many cast members from the original returned for the sequel, including Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci. Compared to its predecessor, which retained something of the madcap approach of the 1960s sitcom, "Values" is played more for macabre laughs.


The movie begins when Morticia gives birth to a boy, Pubert, whereupon Wednesday and Pugsley develop an extreme form of sibling rivalry, attempting to kill the baby. When Gomez and Morticia try to hire a nanny, the children frighten them all away. The last applicant, Debbie Jellinsky, proves to be of sterner stuff; she is, however, a fortune hunter/serial killer known as "The Black Widow," who is in pursuit of Uncle Fester and the vast Addams fortune. When Wednesday begins to suspect this, Debbie persuades Gomez and Morticia to send the older children to Camp Chippewa, a summer camp for privileged children.

Debbie marries Fester and then attempts to kill him during their Hawaiian honeymoon. As an Addams, though, he is practically indestructible, and he mistakes her murder attempts for ordinary affection. At her wits' end, Debbie refuses to have sexual intercourse with him unless he promises never to see his family again. In anguish, he agrees. The "happy" couple then move to a garish McMansion in the suburbs.

With Uncle Fester gone, his younger brother Gomez goes into a depression, and Pubert becomes "possessed," as a result of which he becomes blonde, rosy, and cheerful. Meanwhile, at camp, Wednesday and Pugsley are not fitting in among the bubbly blond campers from wealthy backgrounds. Wednesday, however, does meet a soulmate of sorts in the person of Joel Glicker, an introverted Jewish boy plagued by allergies. He confirms her suspicions that Debbie is the Black Widow and Fester is her next target.When Wednesday refuses to act in the end-of-summer play, all three "little outcasts" are locked in the "Harmony Hut" and forced to watch Disney movies and television shows ranging from "The Sound of Music" to "The Brady Bunch". The three pretend to be cowed long enough to sabotage the play, after which the Addams siblings flee the camp for home.

Meanwhile, when Debbie fails to kill Fester by blowing up the house, she snarls, "I want you dead, and I want your money!" He flees with Thing's help, but she chases him to the Addams mansion, arriving just after he, Wednesday, and Pugsley make it home. She straps everyone except Pubert to electric chairs, but Pubert short-circuits the wiring just as she throws the switch. Instead of killing them all, she inadvertently electrocutes herself, her body burning up to leave only her shoes and credit cards in a pile of ashes.

In the epilogue, Gomez and Morticia throw a birthday party for Pubert. Among the guests is a potential new love for Fester, a bald nanny named Dementia who works for Itt and Margaret Addams (who have an Itt Jr. named What). Joel, dressed like Gomez, also attends and sneaks off to the graveyard with Wednesday, where they talk briefly about Debbie. Remarking that Debbie's methods were sloppy, Wednesday says that if she wanted to kill a man and not get caught, she would scare him to death. As Joel lays flowers on Debbie's grave, a hand breaks the surface and grabs his arm; Wednesday looks on, satisfied with Joel's screams.


Returning from the first film:
* Raúl Juliá as Gomez Addams
* Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams
* Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester Addams
* Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams
* Christopher Hart as Thing
* Carel Struycken as Lurch
* Jimmy Workman as Pugsley Addams

Dana Ivey's character, Margaret Addams (Alford in the original film; now married to Cousin Itt), also makes a return appearance.

Additional cast:
* Carol Kane as Grandmama Addams, replacing Judith Malina
* Joan Cusack as Debbie Jellinsky, professional black widow
* David Krumholtz as Joel Glicker, Wednesday's love interest

Supporting roles:
* Peter MacNicol as Gary Granger; he and his wife Becky are in charge of Camp Chippewa
* Christine Baranski as Becky Martin Granger
* Mercedes McNab, who appeared as the Girl Scout in the first film, plays Amanda Buckman
* Harriet Sansom Harris

Cameo roles:
* Peter Graves
* Director Barry Sonnenfeld
* Nathan Lane
* Tony Shalhoub
* David Hyde Pierce
* Sam McMurray
* Cynthia Nixon appears as one of the potential nannies.

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