Addams Family Values

November 19th, 1993


Addams Family Values

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A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.3/10 (27,702 voted)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd

On any day of the week, you could expect a newborn baby to be nurtured and loved by his older sister. Except, of course, if it's Wednesday. Pubert is the latest addition to the Addams family and, to prevent sibling rivalry escalating to fratricide, Wednesday and Pugsley are shipped off to summer camp and a nanny is hired. Debby Jellinsky is great with wrinkling baldies, which makes her the perfect nanny for Pubert and the unlikely wife of Uncle Fester. The question is..."Is she grave-digging or gold-digging?"

Writers: Charles Addams, Paul Rudnick

Anjelica Huston - Morticia Addams
Raul Julia - Gomez Addams
Christopher Lloyd - Uncle Fester Addams
Joan Cusack - Debbie Jellinsky
Christina Ricci - Wednesday Addams
Carol Kane - Granny
Jimmy Workman - Pugsley Addams
Kaitlyn Hooper - Pubert Addams
Kristen Hooper - Pubert Addams
Carel Struycken - Lurch
David Krumholtz - Joel Glicker
Christopher Hart - Thing
Dana Ivey - Margaret Addams
Peter MacNicol - Gary Granger
Christine Baranski - Becky Martin-Granger

Taglines: The Family Just Got A Little Stranger.

Release Date: 19 November 1993

Filming Locations: California, USA

Opening Weekend: $14,117,545 (USA) (21 November 1993)

Gross: $48,919,043 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The character of Pubert Addams (a boy) was played by twin girls, Kaitlyn Hooper and Kristen Hooper.

Continuity: When Debbie is speeding in her Mercedes after Fester and Thing, she nearly rear-ends a Lincoln Continental. In the next scene, she's driving behind a completely different car and the same Lincoln she was behind can be seen driving the other way down the road, and she nearly hits it head on.

[first lines]
Wednesday: [giving a funeral to a cat in a shoe-box] Come, sorrow; we welcome thee. Let us join in grief, rejoice in despair, and honor the fortunate dead.
Grandma: Dearly beloved...
Wednesday: [the cat mews and Wednesday shakes the box] Shh! Quiet!
Grandma: [starts piling dirt on the box]

User Review

No longer rehashing old material, they're even funnier this time.

Rating: 8/10

One of my favorite films. Paul Rudnick clearly had a field day writing this screenplay.

As odd as it may seem, this sequel is in many ways superior to its predecessor. The first had to spend much of its time introducing the Family--and, just as importantly, paying (totally justified) homage to Charles Addams' brilliant cartoons and to the old television series. As a result, the plot felt forced, as if it had been the best way the writers could think of to showcase all the source material. In the end, one left the theater feeling that the movie had been 'about' the old sight gags. And then there was the totally shameless product placement...but I digress.

Addams Family Values, on the other hand, gets to be more playful. Because we all know who we're dealing with by now, we don't have to spend nearly so much time introducing the family and their skewed universe. Instead, the characters get more of a chance to develop as they glide blithely through a fuller, more cohesive story.

Paul Rudnick's screenplay is masterful--you'll be quoting from it for weeks. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are particularly marvelous as one of the most genuinely loving, passionate couples you've seen in ages. In a weird sort of way.

That dance number! Morticia's ever-present shaft of light! Christina Ricci as the sublime Wednesday! Joan Cusack, unhinged! A split-second cameo by Charles Busch! Oh, rapture. I could go on and on, but I'm running out of superlatives. Suffice it to say that this movie is well worth your time.


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