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Addams Family Values

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A dark comedy teens will love.
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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, 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.

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/Streaming 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, 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 saying this story about a storm. Wednesday says in response "Our parents are having a baby too. They had sex." And Debbie test fooling Fester by saying "Did you know I'm a VIRGIN, Fester?" And then (hinted) they had sex. So great and hilarious movie, just give kids The Sex Talk. D
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
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 children and it's especially scary when the baby is the intended target. Uncle Fester falls in love with a woman who is intent on hurting him and some sexual content is involved. There's more bad language in this movie than the other. Iffy for 13+
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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 message, but other than that, there really isn't much of a message there. The comedy is there and there is still the funny Christopher Lloyd as the humorous Uncle Fester. We also see the funny woman Joan Cusack as Debbie, the woman admired by Uncle Fester. The rest of the cast returns as their respective film counterparts, some new characters are introduced, including David Krumholtz as Joel Glicker, Wednesday and Pugsley's new friend at summer camp. Aside from the dark comedy violence, mild language, a couple light scenes of drinking and smoking, and some mild kissing scenes, this film should be appropriate for ages 13 and up. Just my advice. Fixit's Side Note - Personally I loved it, which is why I gave it 5 stars. Just a little bit of advice for the families out there... - Fixit
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking