Owen Gleiberman
December 03, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Addams Family Values

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
94 minutes
performer
Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christine Baranski, Joan Cusack, Dana Ivey, Carol Kane, Christopher Lloyd, Cynthia Nixon, Christina Ricci, Carel Struychen, Jimmy Workman
director
Barry Sonnenfeld
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Paul Rudnick
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

Wittier and more consistent than the first Addams Family movie. Paul Rudnick’s script offers sharp-edged variations on the topsy-turvy Addams worldview, and it’s much better at getting the Addamses out into the straight world, where they can really do some damage. This time, the clan has a new arrival, Pubert, an eerie-looking thing whom the other Addams children do the honor of attempting to kill. Meanwhile, Fester (Christopher Lloyd) becomes desperately infatuated with Pubert’s gold-digging nanny (Joan Cusack), and — in a richly malevolent segment — Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) are sent to Camp Chippewa, a nightmare of upscale WASP cheerfulness. As before, Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia bring a dash of comic glamour to their roles.

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