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Addams Family Values

Addams Family Values
Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman and Carel Struycken, Carol Kane, Raul Julia, Angelica Huston, Johnny Workman, Christina Ricci, Joan Cusack and Christopher Lloyd

Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: November 19, 1993 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Except for the addition of Carol Kane as Grandmama, the original Addams Family cast is intact. Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Angelica Huston) continue their steamy love affair, while the kiddies, Pugsley Jimmy Workman and Wednesday (Christina Ricci), busy themselves trying to kill off their new baby brother, Pubert, who looks like a miniature Gomez with slick black hair and a thin mustache above his little toothless grin. He's adorable.

Because the older children are jealous of the little tyke, they try numerous ways to get rid of him, like throwing him off the balcony along with a bowling ball to see which one hits the pavement first, and putting him on their trusty guillotine, but their parents thwart their attempts.

The main story revolves around Debbie, a blond, sexy nanny (played by a deliciously evil Joan Cusack) whom the Addams hire to tend to the baby. She's a gold digger who marries rich men and then kills them for their money, and she's set her sights on Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd).

Only Wednesday is suspicious of Debbie, but the nanny has her and Pugsley sent off to summer camp before Wednesday can blow the whistle on her.

The kids, serious, pale and whose idea of fun is to electrocute someone, don't fit in with the giggly, tanned campers, and turn the over-exuberant counselor's Thanks-giving play into a disaster by starting fires and tying up the lead Pilgrim to the stake. These scenes and the ones dealing with little Pubert add a dismal theme to what should have been a lighthearted comedy.

The Addams Family wee novel because they were so weird and different, yet thought they were perfectly normal. Gomez and Morticia are still smitten with each other and there are still some clever one-liners, but screenwriter Paul Rudnick has taken a family that was once innocent and amusing and turned them dark and decidedly mean-spirited.

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