”Addams Family Values” is one of the best movies based on TV shows
ORIGINAL TV FORMULA The light 1964-66 comedy about a clan of ghoulish outcasts living in a creepy mansion was based on characters created by New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams.
BIG-SCREEN MAKEOVER This broad, often riotous sequel to 1991’s The Addams Family plays on the contrast between the darkly funny Addamses (led by parents Raul Julia and Angelica Huston) and their blond, insufferably perky antagonists.
HIGH POINT A toss-up: either the macabre attempts by Wednesday (a wicked Christina Ricci, left) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman, right) to kill their baby brother or their incendiary performance at a summer-camp pageant. A close third? Gomez and Morticia’s fiery tango.
LESSON LEARNED Trust your source: This was the first screen treatment of the family that fully exploited their dark side.
WHAT EW SAID ”Wittier and more consistent than the first Addams Family movie…. Paul Rudnick’s script offers sharp-edged variations on the topsy-turvy Addams worldview.” B