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Addams Family Values

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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

There’s so much right about this second installment of the Addams chronicles that one almost hates to carp, but here goes: The script bites. Yes, writer Paul Rudnick comes up with great gags (Gomez to Fester: ”Someday you’ll meet someone special someone who won’t press charges”); yes, the effects are great; and sure, the actors are all world-class scene-stealers. But the villain here—a black widow killer played by Joan Cusack—is not just a cliche, she’s as unreal a character as the Addamses themselves. Without believably normal types as foils, this kind of comic-book Grand Guignol gets real tired real fast.