Addams Family Values (1993)

BARRY SONNENFELD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993.  

In this superior sequel to the 1991 comedy, the kooky, creepy Addams family find themselves welcoming a new addition to their family: a baby boy! Now the two older children, Wednesday () and Pugsley () are thrown in a jealous tizzy, while the baby’s new nanny (Joan Cusack) captures the fancy of their lonely bachelor uncle Fester (). Barry Sonnenfeld returns once again to direct this very funny comedy, aided by a darkly humorous script by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, In and Out) that outweighs the weaker original. Costumes and sets are beautiful, and the performances all delightful. The drawback is that Anjelica Huston’s brilliant portrayal of Morticia Addams takes a backseat in the plot and isn’t featured as much as it should be. Cusack brings comic genius to her part, and Ricci shines in a much more developed role as the family’s budding teenager (imagine angst on an apocalyptic level).

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