Holiday Top 10: Best Thanksgiving Movies


3. “Addams Family Values” (1993)

addams-family-headerThey don’t make them as delightfully spooky as they used to. The Addams family was brought to screen as yet another entry in the ’90s subgenra of ’60s TV remakes. Some things just never change. However, after a successful first entry, director Barry Sonnenfeld decides to do bigger, broader and weirder to delightful effect. The strongest element of the film follows sinister children Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) shipped off to a chipper WASP-y summer camp. While antics ensue, none is more joyously off-kilter than Wednesday and Pugsley’s ode to Thanksgiving. Complete with violence, mayhem and horrified camp counselors (played by Peter McNicol and Christine Baranski, more than game), the performance is a bloody delight. One wishes they had their own dose of Wednesday Addams at their family Thanksgiving table.