Satirizing women -- The femme-thriller genre is lampooned in ''Addams Family Values''
Hollywood’s fixation with women from hell (see Basic Instinct, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle) will be satirized in Addams Family Values, the sequel to the $113 million-grossing ’91 movie. But the script, by Sister Act‘s Paul Rudnick, doesn’t just lampoon the femme-thriller genre. Other victims in the holiday release:
*Support groups: Morticia (Anjelica Huston) joins a club for new moms when Wednesday and Pugsley try to kill her newborn, Pubert.
*Make-overs: Disgusted by Uncle Fester’s (Christopher Lloyd) appearance, Debbie (Pubert’s evil nanny, played by Joan Cusack) gives him a trendy new look — a toupee from the Hair Club for Men and clothes from Gap.
*Celebrity self-improvement guides: To get Fester in the mood for love, Debbie reads aloud from Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living.
Addams Family Values