Addams Family Values (1993)

This sequel to the famous 1991 adaptation is even better than its predecessor. The first one was fine, but here, everything is tighter: The performances are more confident, the editing is judicious, the one-liners are sharper, and it feels like there’s a lot less plot, which lets the audience comfortably enjoy the show. Among the returning cast members, Christina Ricci emerges as the MVP, bringing a stinging humanity to Wednesday that is routinely – and hilariously – undercut by her darker-than-dark countenance. Joan Cusack makes for a wonderful addition as Debbie Jellinsky, cast against type as a bombshell and delivering the kind of manic comedic performance that stands out even among the more seasoned cast. The summer camp Thanksgiving pageant and the tango scene between Gomez and Morticia are sure to light up anyone’s face.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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