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Addams Family Values is a 1993 American supernatural dark comedy film, the sequel to the 1991 American film The Addams Family. It was written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and features many cast members from the original, including Raúl Juliá, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Carel Struycken, Jimmy Workman, and Christopher Hart. Included in the musical soundtrack is "Supernatural Thing" (composed by Haras Fyre) which was a chart success for Ben E. King. Compared to its predecessor, which retained something of the madcap approach of the 1960s sitcom, Addams Family Values is played more for macabre laughs.[3]

Addams Family Values
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Produced by Scott Rudin
Written by Paul Rudnick
Based on
Music by Marc Shaiman
Ralph Sall
Cinematography Donald Peterman
Edited by Arthur Schmidt
Jim Miller
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 19, 1993 (1993-11-19)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million[1]
Box office $48,919,043 (North America)[2]



Morticia Addams gets pregnant and tells her husband Gomez Addams she's going to have a baby right now. Soon Morticia gives birth to a mustachioed baby boy named Pubert Addams. Wednesday and Pugsley are instantly jealous and make several attempts to kill him, ranging from a guillotine to dropping an anvil on him. To try to remedy this, Gomez and Morticia hire a nanny, Debbie, to take care of Pubert. Unbeknownst to them, Debbie is a serial killer known as the Black Widow; she marries rich bachelors and murders them on their wedding night so she can collect their inheritances. She now intends to do the same to Uncle Fester to get her hands on the family's vast fortune.

As Debbie entices Fester, Wednesday becomes suspicious. To get her out of the way, Debbie tricks Gomez and Morticia into believing Wednesday and her brother Pugsley want to go to summer camp. They are sent to Camp Chippewa, run by the overzealous Gary and Becky Granger, where they are singled out for their macabre dress and behavior. Joel, a nerdy bookworm with an interest in the macabre himself who also does not fit in, becomes interested in Wednesday.

Debbie makes her play, "confessing" that she loves Fester, and she and Fester are soon married. On their honeymoon, she tries to kill Fester by throwing a radio in the bathtub, but he survives. Realizing he won't be as easily killed as her past husbands, Debbie decides to manipulate him by seducing him instead and forces him to sever ties with his family; when they try to visit Fester at Debbie's mansion, they are removed from the premises. At home, the Addams find to their alarm that Pubert has transformed into a rosy-cheeked, golden-haired baby. Grandmama diagnoses this as a result of his disrupted family life, and Gomez becomes depressed.

The camp holds its annual Thanksgiving play. Wednesday is cast as Pocahontas, which she immediately refuses. Furious, Gary and Becky demand that she, Pugsley and Joel watch upbeat Disney and family movies. Afterwards, Wednesday feigns cheerfulness and agrees to the play. During the (incredibly racist and historically inaccurate), performance, she stages a coup d'état, and she, Joel, Pugsley, and many of the unpopular kids set the camp on fire and sending it into chaos. As she, Joel and Pugsley escape, Wednesday and Joel share a kiss.

Debbie tries to kill Fester by blowing up their mansion. When he again survives, she pulls a gun and tells him she is only interested in his money. Thing intervenes and Fester escapes. Fester apologizes to Gomez for his mistakes, and Wednesday and Pugsley return home, the family reunited. But Debbie quickly interrupts and ties the family to electric chairs, explaining that she killed her parents and first two husbands for selfish and materialistic reasons. Upstairs, Pubert, who has returned to normal, escapes from his crib and is propelled into the room where the family is being held. Debbie throws the switch to electrocute the family, but Pubert manipulates the wires, reversing the current causing to incinerate her to dust.

Months later, at Pubert's first birthday party, Fester laments Debbie's loss but is smitten with Cousin Itt's and his wife Margaret's new nanny, Dementia. Wednesday tells Joel that Debbie was a sloppy killer, and she would instead scare her husband to death. As Joel lays flowers on Debbie's grave, a hand erupts from the earth and grabs him; he screams, much to Wednesday's delight.


Cameo roles


Critical responseEdit

Critics complimented the film with largely positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 78% based on 46 reviews.[4][5] The site's consensus reads, "New, well-developed characters add dimension to this batty satire, creating a comedy much more substantial than the original."

Janet Maslin of The New York Times wondered if "the making of this sequel was sheer drudgery for all concerned", then answered herself by writing, "There's simply too much glee on the screen, thanks to a cast and visual conception that were perfect in the first place, and a screenplay by Paul Rudnick that specializes in delightfully arch, subversive humor."[6] Leonard Klady was slightly less enthusiastic in his Variety review, noting, "It remains perilously slim in the story department, but glides over the thin ice with technical razzle-dazzle and an exceptionally winning cast."[7]

Richard Schickel, writing for Time magazine, called it "an essentially lazy movie, too often settling for easy gags and special effects that don't come to any really funny point."[8]

Both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert disliked the first film, but while Siskel gave thumbs-down to this one Roger endorsed it.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction (Ken Adam, Marvin March),[9] and Huston was nominated for the 1993 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance as Morticia, a reprise of her Golden Globe-nominated performance in the 1991 original. The film won also a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song for the song "Addams Family (Whoomp!)".

Addams Family Values was nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs.[10] In 2016, James Charisma of Playboy ranked the film #15 on a list of 15 Sequels That Are Way Better Than The Originals.[11]

Box office performanceEdit

Addams Family Values opened at #1 at its initial weekend with a reported total of $14,117,545.[12] In its second week, the film dropped to #2 behind Mrs. Doubtfire, and in its third week to #3 behind Mrs. Doubtfire and A Perfect World.[13]

Its final domestic box office take was $48,919,043,[14] a significant decline from the previous film's domestic total of $113,502,426.[15]


Home media Edit

The film was released on DVD in 2000 with two theatrical trailers as special features. It was re-released in 2006 with the first film on a single disc, with no new features.

In Australia, the film was released on VHS by Paramount Home Entertainment (Australasia) in 1994. In 2002 the film was released on DVD with theatrical trailers in the extra features.



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  3. ^ Levy, David (December 20, 1993). "Charles Addams Might Grimace at This 'Family'". LA Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Addams Family Values (1993)". 
  5. ^ Rainer, Peter (November 19, 1993). "Let's Have a Hand for 'Addams Family Values'". LA Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  6. ^ Janet Maslin (November 19, 1993). "Addams Family Values (1993)". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Leonard Klady (November 13, 1993). "Addams Family Values". Variety. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ Richard Schickel (November 29, 1993). "Looking for Mr. Goodfather". Time Inc. Archived from the original on 4 November 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ "The 66th Academy Awards (1994) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  10. ^ AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs Nominees
  11. ^ Charisma, James (March 15, 2016). "Revenge of the Movie: 15 Sequels That Are Way Better Than The Originals". Playboy. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for November 19–21, 1993". Box Office Mojo. 
  13. ^ "Addams Family Values (1993) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. 
  14. ^ "Addams Family Values box office totals". Box Office Mojo. 
  15. ^ "The Addams Family box office totals". Box Office Mojo. 

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