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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first!, 12 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Addams Family Values [1993] [DVD] (DVD)
I must have watched this film hundreds of times, and yet it never, ever grows old. Every character is just spot on. Anjelica Huston is perfect as Morticia - sexy, vampish, with a perfectly calm, silky voice that manages to extract every last drop of comedy from even the most simple lines. Chrisina Ricci as Wednesday could give masterclasses on deadpan wit. Jimmy Workman is fabulously, idioticly naive as Pugsley (I challenge anyone to watch him dressed up as a Thanksgiving turkey singing 'Eat me' without killing themselves laughing). Christopher Llloyd is a wonderfully grotesque Uncle Fester that you can't help feeling painfully sorry for. But the star of the show for me has to be Raul Julia. His Gomez is lusty, suave, sophisticated, with an underlying child-like enthusiasm. His pride in his kids is actually really touching, and the chemistry between him and Huston is electrifying. His monologues have me screaming with laughter (My favourite being his speech at the police station - 'I DEMAND JUSTICE! SOMEONE HAS MARRIED MY BROTHER! She took him to Hawaii! They have moved to a large, expensive home, where they make love CONSTANTLY!')

I cannot stress the brilliance of this film. It beats every other version of the Addams family hands down, including the prequel to this particular re-make (which I also recommend, just because most of the actors are the same). But it now, if you haven't already. If it doesn't at least raise a smile from you then you are a cold, if not dead, fish.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2011 13:15:17 GMT
oldbillie says:
Yeah, Gomez is my favourite too. Nobody smokes a cigar like him.

Posted on 8 May 2012 00:55:26 BDT
Vandal says:
I particularly like the end of the monologue at the police station: everything building to the climax: "But I have never seen ... YOU!"
It's simply the best end to a monologue ever

Second best: "All that I can forgive you. But Debbie ... pastel?" ;)
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