- Addams Family Values
name = Addams Family Values
caption = The one-sheet promotional poster.
Charles Addams(characters) Paul Rudnick
Anjelica Huston Raúl Juliá Christopher Lloyd Peter MacNicol Joan Cusack Christina Ricci Carol Kane Jimmy Workman
Kaitlyn and Kristen Hooper
Marc Shaiman Ralph Sall
editing = Jim Miller
November 19, 1993
runtime = 94 min.
country = USA
language = English
gross = $48,919,043 (domestic) [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=addamsfamilyvalues.htm Addams Family Values at boxofficemojo.com] ]
preceded_by = "The Addams Family"
followed_by = "
Addams Family Reunion"
amg_id = 1:119904
imdb_id = 0106220
"Addams Family Values" is a 1993
Academy Awardand Golden Globe-nominated sequelto the 1991 comedy "The Addams Family". The movie was written by Paul Rudnickand directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and many cast members from the original returned for the sequel, including Raul Julia, Anjelica Hustonand 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 killerknown as "The Black Widow," who is in pursuit of Uncle Festerand 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 intercoursewith him unless he promises never to see his family again. In anguish, he agrees. The "happy" couple then move to a garish McMansionin 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.
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 Juliáas Gomez Addams
Anjelica Hustonas Morticia Addams
Christopher Lloydas Uncle FesterAddams
Christina Riccias Wednesday Addams
Christopher Hartas Thing
Carel Struyckenas Lurch
Jimmy Workmanas Pugsley Addams Dana Ivey's character, Margaret Addams (Alford in the original film; now married to Cousin Itt), also makes a return appearance.
Carol Kaneas Grandmama Addams, replacing Judith Malina
Joan Cusackas Debbie Jellinsky, professional black widow
David Krumholtzas Joel Glicker, Wednesday's love interest
Peter MacNicolas Gary Granger; he and his wife Becky are in charge of Camp Chippewa
Christine Baranskias Becky Martin Granger
Mercedes McNab, who appeared as the Girl Scout in the first film, plays Amanda Buckman
Harriet Sansom Harris
* Peter Graves
David Hyde Pierce
Cynthia Nixonappears as one of the potential nannies.
*imdb title|id=0106220|title=Addams Family Values
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