Addams Family Values

  • Review Date: April 10, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1993

Common Sense Media says

A dark comedy teens will love.
  • Review Date: April 10, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1993

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Despite their strange clothes and quirky behavior the Addams family still love each other and that isn't diminished by all the weirdness. It also shows the importance of being true to yourself and never conforming to fit in with others.

Positive role models

Everyone's behavior is questionable -- the movie's humor relies on the Addams family's inverted values. But there's no doubt who the real villain is, and the family's macabre goings-on seem cozy compared to the mean-spirited outsiders.

Violence

Again, much more than in the first movie -- or perhaps it just feels more problematic, since a baby is often the intended victim.

Sex

A voluptuous villain has explicit sexual designs on Uncle Fester; seduction and discussions of virginity.

Language

More than in the first movie- -- frequent mild language.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie takes the original Addams Family cast to its logical extreme -- and that means more violence (often involving newborn Pubert), more sexual innuendo, worse language and a lot of themes that are just too much for kids. Even so, the dialogue remains extremely witty.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The Addams Family is back in this sequel in which the children's jealousy of new baby brother Pubert leads to the hiring of an evil nanny named Debby (Joan Cusack) with designs on Uncle Fester (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) sent to a snobbish summer camp and marries Fester, things look grim. Finally, Debby the nanny is exposed, the children get to come home, and Pubert becomes his old Addams self again.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

More complex and just as witty as the first film, Addams Family Values is also more disturbingly violent and sexually insinuating -- too much so for the youngest ones who might enjoy the first movie. Joan Cusack is marvelous as the greedy black widow and the addition of Pubert to the family offers a lot of laughs, especially when we learn how much his parents are enjoying Morticia's painful labor. However, a lot of violent action (with too-near misses) involves him, and some parents might feel uncomfortable with it.

The scenes at camp are among the movie's cleverest. Youngsters who have felt isolated at camp will identify entirely as misfits Wednesday and Pugsley struggle in a world of conformist blond snobs. Although the action here occasionally drags, the other campers and the enthusiastic, uncomprehending counselors make great foils for the Addams children's macabre revenge. Again, some parents might find that the humor goes unnecessarily far. And it's a satisfying relief when the family members are reunited, and return to their bleakly cozy mansion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how they deal with intrusions from outside their family.

  • Families can discuss a time when each family member maintained his or her values in the face of peer pressure.

  • The importance of staying true to yourself.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 19, 1993
DVD release date:August 29, 2000
Cast:Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, Raul Julia
Director:Barry Sonnenfeld
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:macabre humor.

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Kid, 11 years old Written bybookworm456 October 28, 2011
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Cool Movie, Parents Watch Out

GOTHIC AND HILARIOUS! Even though it has some bad things in it is a AWESOME movie. Parents should watch for these things. I enjoyed the movies and so will children.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bywednesdayaddams April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Kid, 12 years old Written bymanooo_manooo August 12, 2009
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12
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Little Scary But gREAT!

It Was one of the best kids horror movies, and a little scary for me lol

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