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Addams Family Values
DIRECTED BY BARRY SONNENFELD
RELEASED: 1993

Why's it so good? It's witty, it's sharp and it's satirical in its inversion of social norms that the none-more-Goth Addams represent. It also contains the delightful sight of Wednesday and Pugsley being sent to a cheery summer camp, where they are force-fed Disney movies after one too many displays of weirdness and magically transformed into happy, normal children - a sight that's somehow horrific. Wednesday's smile is far more disturbing than her axe-murderer look, after all.

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How does it stack up to the original? The critics liked it better, thanks to the pratfalls and physical humour of the original being largely replaced by the verbal kind here. Certainly the sight of Morticia giving birth in total calm, without so much as a bead of sweat maring her key-lit features, is genius - as is the rapid disintegration of murderous golddigger Debbie Jellinsky (Joan Cusack) as she discovers just how weird her in-laws are.

Glaring error: The series should have been laid quietly to rest here, instead of resurrected for a ghoulish third instalment without any of the principal cast. Although we suppose the Addams would approve.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 24 MONTHS


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