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NEW Addams Family Values (DVD)
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UPON ARRIVAL OF THEIR MUSTACHIOED BABY, MORTICIA AND GOMEZ HIRE A GREEDY NANNY WHO TARGETS UNCLE FESTER.
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The storylines here are fuller; none of that a Fester who isn't Fester is really Fester stuff that seemed too scripted. Here, the 3 ongoing plots are more naturally-born from there characters:
Morticia and Gomez (Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia, the most perfect casting seen in film in some time) have just had a new baby. Dealing with new parenthood is bad enough, but when your two older children are doing their best to do away with their new baby brother ... well, even though he's pretty capable of taking care of himself, Morticia and Gomez have their hands full;
Then there's Debbie, played BRILLIANTLY by the underrated Joan Cusack, who comes to help with the children but instead is a notorious Black Widow-style murderess bent on marrying Fester and getting her hands on the Addams's fortune. Part of her plan in doing so is to get rid of the two older children, Pugsley and Wednesday, by sending them to a summer camp;
Pugsley and Wednesday are horrified by the cheery atmosphere at camp -- not to mention the caffeinated perkiness of the camp counselors, who are at times both revolted and ticked off by the 'weirdness' of the Addams kids.
All plotlines come together in a hilarious ending that remains true to the characters, and seems to come naturally from the story.
Christina Ricci (another of Hollywood's great underrated performers), as Wednesday Addams, again steals every scene she's in with ease -- her deadpan playing of Wednesday could not be more perfect.Read more ›
The movie has about three sub-plots. The first involves Morticia and Gomez, the parents, who just had a baby and are having to deal with all three of their children at once ( Wednesday and Pugsley, the children, are infatuated with disposing of the infant ).
While the children are plotting away, a nanny is hired. Her name is Debbie, played very well by Joan Cusack. Unbeknownst to the family, she is a criminal who marries rich men and then kills them, earning her a famous black-widow reputation. The second sub-plot involves her advances towards a relationship with Uncle Fester, one of the world's richest men.
The third sub-plot is Debbie's decision that Wednesday and Pugsley be sent to summer camp, which is basically the Addams's vision of Hell. Or Heaven. Whichever they like the least.
The movie is filled with hilarious one-liners and events, and the Addamses will charm almost anyone with their twisted, morbid lives.
The counselors try very hard to make them fit in, something they should have never done! chuckle!
Then we have Uncle Fester and his new girlfriend Debbie, who is really only a deranged gold digger, but she manages to steal
Uncle Fester's heart and move him into a home that is certainly like death to him.
Let's not leave out the new Addams baby, who turns into a beautiful blond haired picture perfect tender child....oh horrors of horrors! All the elements are there for each character to have to overcome to resume their....ah...'normal' life. This one has some dark sides, especially with girlfriend
Debbie who has no problem in trying to snuff out all the Addams at once. Grat acting! Great adventure and a tad of humor on the way! All in all, a good movie!
If it was the job of the first film to introduce the characters, it is the job of ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES to put them in their worst possible positions. Providing those worst possible positions are: Morticia's new baby, complete with blond hair and shiny smile (grandmother predicts that such a charm may result in him becoming, horror of horror, the President); Fester's new gold-digging girlfriend Debbie; and Wednesday and Pugsley's trip to summer camp. My favorite part of this movie is when Wednesday is cast as Pocahontas in the camp's production of a Thanksgiving play: "You have taken the land that is rightfully ours," Wednesday confronts, in an impromtu ad lib delivered to the mortified surprise of the play's perky directors and the affluent audience. "And for all these reasons," Wednesday continues, "I have decided to scalp you. . . ." It really is Wednesday who steals this show with her ghoulish deadpan delivery, and it could be argued that this was Christina Ricci's breakout role. Who would have ever thought that little Wednesday would eclipse the entire gang?
ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES was released in the early '90s when talk of "family values," mostly ignited by Dan Quayle's condemnation of a fictitious sitcom character giving birth without being married, was all the rage. Talk of "family values" was everywhere in those days. Apparently, it would be the Addams's turn to show us what we should really value: individuality. For all their quirks, they seem to have an unconditional acceptance of each other, and most couples would be blessed to be as madly in love with each other as Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Angelica Huston) are.
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super bon film a regarder en famille merci.. shipping un peu long mais bon..Published 11 months ago by clau
was very good,the person for whom it was bought enjoyed it, . I'll get more in the future.thank you very much.Published on Dec 8 2013 by D. Wilson
Still funny, nice and amazing. New evil nanny (that hunts for money), new evil child (whom other children don't like), summer camp for Wednesday and Pugsley - hilarious! Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2007 by Lana
this is a quickie sorry my computer went on me and @ the library here in dallas pa.this is great.ricci as wednesday priceless watch for mercades mcnab aka harmony of buffy and... Read morePublished on July 7 2004
Thankfully, this is the rare example where the sequel equals the original. This is a great second chapter in the new Addams Family saga. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by Daniel S. Russell
Yet again, emerges some rotten scoundrel to attempt to disrupt the Addams household, & to trick them out of their fortune. Will they ever learn? Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003 by Draconis Blackthorne
this flim was a good movie and a good seqeul this was good for a sequel most of the time thet dont tunren out like this i like addams family values its a good movie it has fuuny... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002