Sunday, May 8, 2011

Addams Family Values

Addams Family Values- 1993, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack, Christina Ricci, Carol Kane, Nathan Lane, David Hyde Pierce, and Peter Graves
Leonard says-  Funny follow-up to the 1991 hit has scheming Cusack invading the Addams household, plotting to marry Fester for his money, then bump him off.  Full of hilarious one-liners (delivered with gusto by Julia and Lloyd), but the real star is Ricci as the stone-faced Wednesday, who finally exacts her revenge for being sent to a summer camp run by a pair of giddy grown-ups (MacNicol and Baranski).  Runs out of steam toward the end.  Direct to video sequel: Addams Family Reunion.  3 stars.

I say-  Of course Maltin doesn't review Addams Family Reunion.  He likes to tell everyone about sequels and then avoid reviewing them.  Anyway, this is a great movie as well as the first one.  It actually is on the same level as the first, which is hard to do.  Also, Christina Ricci really is the star (before she decided to take her clothes off for every movie she does now).  Very enjoyable.  3 stars.

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