Addams Family Values

Movie review by
Polly M. Robertus, Common Sense Media
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A dark comedy teens will love.
  • PG-13
  • 1993
  • 94 minutes
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe June 1, 2010
This movie, more than the other one promotes that being true to yourself will always be the right thing to do. Violence wise it's not appropriate for young... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 and 10 year old Written byShelley A. October 22, 2017

Sex Scene

We really like the dark Addams family. But the sex scene between Debbie and Fester was really uncomfortable for my family to view- too much for kids!
Kid, 9 years old June 26, 2014
This is a really good movie, but they say some sexual things. Like "I miss physical pleasure with Debby." And when the baby is born and this girl is s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFixit September 8, 2013

Fixit's Review

I would suggest watching it first unless your kids can handle the things related to in this review. The movie has a "support your family" kind of mess... Continue reading

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?

More complex and just as witty as the first film, this one 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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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