The Addams Family / Addams Family Values
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Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd. They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ooky, The Addams Family ." The hit 1960s series was great fodder for these two 1990s box office smashes with great reincarnations of Gomez and Morticia Addams by Julia and Huston, and, of course, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester. Includes The Addams Family (1991/99 min.) and Addams Family Values (1993/94 min.). Color/PG-13/widescreen.
The Addams Family
Director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) brings his distinctly cartoonish sensibility to this feature film version of the old Charles Addams comic strip. Anjelica Huston was born to play Morticia Addams, matriarch of the ghoulish Addams clan, while the late Raul Julia is a very agreeable, lusty Gomez. But it's Christina Ricci who arguably steals the show as their stone-faced daughter, Wednesday. As is often the problem with adaptations of comics or television shows, somehow an original story has to be implemented that doesn't clutter things up. But clutter is an issue here as the script gets tangled on a lame plot concerning efforts to steal the Addams' house and fortune. Still, it's fun to see an ideal cast reanimate an old favorite. --Tom Keogh
The Addams Family Values
This somewhat more cohesive follow-up to The Addams Family has the same director, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black), but a better story line. Joan Cusack plays a busty gold digger who ingratiates herself into the Addams home and convinces Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) that she wants to marry him. Besides Lloyd, the cast includes Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia, ideal as those Brontëan lovers, Morticia and Gomez. But Christina Ricci again walks away with the best moments as the chilly Wednesday Addams, making life miserable for two camp counselors (Peter MacNicol and Christine Baranski) who want her to fit in with other kids.--Tom Keogh
- Two movies on one disc
- Theatrical trailers
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A happily married couple who are still are hot for each other after having children
Parents who care and support their children's interests
The not so PC dark inner monologue we all have we wish we verbalized when meeting positive extroverts
Though both movies are fun the second "Values" is widely considered the better flick and I agree. The first one certainly has its moments but the summer camp scenes in the second make "Values" a must watch on anyone’s list.
Does this DVD have juicy extras with our favorite characters? No. Does it have deleted scenes? No. Does it have interviews with the amazing actors? No. Does it make waffles? Not exactly.
ONLY reasons it's not 5 stars... 1) I wish they had this in blu-ray and 2) No,extras?! BOOOOOO
Otherwise HIGHLY recommended!
Anjelica Huston, on the other hand, delivers a fine Morticia. As calm and soft-spoken as Julia's Gomez is expansive and declamatory, Huston's Morticia makes the unusual aspects of their marital relationship as well as their parenting sound perfectly reasonable. Kudos also go to Christopher Lloyd's Fester for manfully carrying the burden of the plots of both films, a situation that somewhat restricts the character's ability to share in the happy madness of the rest of the family.
If one character comes up a bit short, it's Lurch. Carel Struycken's version come straight from the Chas Addams cartoons rather than through the TV show—a looming, nonverbal presence who brings a nice touch of pathos to the proceedings. For all that, it's hard not to recall Ted Cassidy's somewhat more talkative Addams Family retainer as the more effective portrayal; the long-suffering yet stoic demeanor of that Lurch, along with his more direct interactions with the family members, were among the most memorable aspects of the TV show.