Satirizing women -- The femme-thriller genre is lampooned in ''Addams Family Values''

By Ryan Murphy
Updated March 12, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

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

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 94 minutes
  • Barry Sonnenfeld