There are not that many films that feature Thanksgiving. Even in Addams Family Values, there is only a few scenes dealing with the first Thanksgiving at the summer camp where Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) are sent. Even so, this was a good film to revisit during the Thanksgiving Binge Watch.
Addams Family Values is the sequel to the original film which is a reboot of the old television series. In the film, there are a bunch of plots going on all at once. The main one dealt with the black widow Debbie (Joan Cusack) trying to get Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) to marry her. She was after his money and planned on killing him once they had been hitched.
Meanwhile, Wednesday and Pugsley have been sent off to camp, thanks to the manipulations of Debbie. The children are tormented by happiness, the fresh air of outdoors and camp counselors Gary Granger (Peter MacNicol) and Becky Martin-Granger (Christine Baranski).
This all came about after Morticia (Anjelica Huston) gave birth unexpectedly to a son for Gomez (Raul Julia) and the two other children were attempting to murder the baby.
The Addams Family became really dark in this movie, which was great. The movie is very funny as the situations are taken to their exaggerated conclusions.
The writing is spot on and each character has their moments with sharp banter and razor wit. Wednesday is especially sarcastic and delivers each line with perfect comedic timing.
Debbie is masterfully wicked and yet perhaps not the most evil person in the cast. Joan Cusack is really awesome as the over-the-top nanny who is out to scam yet another rich bachelor.
Some times the story feels a tad disjointed as it jumps back and forth between scenes, but they are usually very funny and that excuses many problems a film may have.
I will say that, except for Christopher Lloyd, each cast member is beautifully cast. Lloyd is a fine actor, but he always will be Doc Brown and he is too familiar here for me. I did not see Uncle Fester, but instead I saw Christopher Lloyd in a bald cap.
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, Addams Family Values improved on the original movie because we knew these new version of the characters better. There may have been too many stories going on, but that is not uncommon for movies.