Re: Hallowe'en Reading and Viewing, 2009! A bit lighter than most of what's being discussed here, but I just rewatched Addams Family Values. That's a really solid comedy that just kinda creeps up on you and gets better with subsequent viewings. It's also way better than the first because it does such a good job of juxtaposing the kooky Addams clan with the even more bizarre cloying "normality" of everyone else. Joan Cusak, Peter MacNicol, Christine Baranski, & a very young Mercedes McNabb make great additions to the cast. Christina Ricci gives an amazingly sophisticated comic performance. And while it's just kinda the same jokes over & over, Anjelica Huston & Raul Julia tackle the roles of Morticia & Gomez Addams with such passion & gusto. They're all truly a joy to watch. It's also fun seeing so many other actors make cameos here before they were stars, like Ian Abercrombie, Tony Shaloub, and a pre-Sex & the City Cynthia Nixon as a hippie nanny.