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Addams Family Values Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

A dark comedy teens will love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie takes the original Addams Family cast to its logical extreme -- and that means more violence (often involving newborn Pubert), more sexual innuendo, worse language and a lot of themes that are just too much for kids. Even so, the dialogue remains extremely witty.

  • Families can talk about how they deal with intrusions from outside their family.
  • Families can discuss a time when each family member maintained his or her values in the face of peer pressure.
  • The importance of staying true to yourself.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Despite their strange clothes and quirky behavior the Addams family still love each other and that isn't diminished by all the weirdness. It also shows the importance of being true to yourself and never conforming to fit in with others.

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    Role models: Everyone's behavior is questionable -- the movie's humor relies on the Addams family's inverted values. But there's no doubt who the real villain is, and the family's macabre goings-on seem cozy compared to the mean-spirited outsiders.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Again, much more than in the first movie -- or perhaps it just feels more problematic, since a baby is often the intended victim.

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    Sex: A voluptuous villain has explicit sexual designs on Uncle Fester; seduction and discussions of virginity.

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    Language: More than in the first movie- -- frequent mild language.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue