Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1993. Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions. Screenplay by Paul Rudnick, based on characters created by Charles Addams. Cinematography by Donald Peterman. Produced by Scott Rudin. Music by Marc Shaiman. Production Design by Ken Adam. Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge. Film Editing by Jim Miller, Arthur Schmidt.
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 (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) are thrown in a jealous tizzy, while the baby’s new nanny (Joan Cusack) captures the fancy of their lonely bachelor uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd). 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).
Academy Award Nomination: Best Art Direction
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Anjelica Huston)