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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Despite their quirky behavior, this family loves each other fiercely and unconditionally. The movie also promotes the importance of being true to yourself and not conforming to fit in with others.
Positive Role Models
The movie's humor relies on the family's atypical values. But there's no doubt who the real villain is, and the family is loving and accepting -- especially when compared to mean-spirited outsiders.
Violence & Scariness
All of the movie's violence is played for macabre humor. Many attempted killings, several involving an infant. Electrocution, explosion, fire set during a play at camp. Gunshots, knife throwing, attempted beheading. Serial killer trading cards.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A voluptuous villain has explicit sexual designs on Uncle Fester; seduction and discussions of virginity. Morticia and Gomez are passionately in love. Foster keeps a magazine with pictures of scantily-clad women under his bed. Talk of sex between Fester and Debbie. When a child claims that a stork visiting parents is the reason babies are made, Wednesday counters with, "They had sex."
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Language includes "damn," "God" (as an exclamation), and rude phrases like "eat me."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Vodka drinking. Champagne drinking. Cocktail mixed for a baby.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Addams Family Values is the 1993 sequel to the 1991 movie and 1960s television show in which Uncle Fester unwittingly marries a serial killer. Like its predecessors, there's plenty of macabre humor and comedic violence, including scenes featuring bathtub electrocution, Wednesday attempting to throw her infant baby brother off a roof, attempts at beheading, and serial killer trading cards. A voluptuous villain has explicit sexual designs on Uncle Fester; seduction and discussions of virginity. Foster keeps a magazine with pictures of scantily-clad women under his bed. Talk of sex between Fester and Debbie. When a child claims that a stork visiting parents is the reason babies are made, Wednesday counters with, "They had sex." Cigar and cigarette smoking. Infrequent mild profanity, including rude phrases like "eat me." Some drinking, including a cocktail mixed for a baby. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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. Cusack is marvelous as the greedy black widow, and the addition of Pubert to the family offers lots 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 Addams Family Values' cleverest. Kids who've 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.
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