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New episode! New episode! squeeeeee^3
I woke up to two of my favorite things: A new Nostalgia Chick episode, and the Addams Family movies.
This is a good day. Can’t wait for next week.
Not that I disliked the Fifty Shades of Green (quite enjoyed, really), but only now did I realize how much I’ve missed the regular Chick videos.
i like the eyeshadow. good look for you.
So glad to have you back! Great episode, and I can’t wait for next week’s. I love Addams Family Values.
Looks like the Nostalgia Chick is Too Legit To Quit
morticia and gomez are probably the best couples in sitcom history. they’re wholly entertaining without sticking to the “ohoho, he’s a big dope and we fight, but i love ‘im!” trope.
Yes, there are far too many lovable dopes. If it makes men look like schlubs, it makes the women look worse for choosing and standing by said schlub.
Herman and Lily Munster springing instantly to mind.
First, a very loud and enthusiastic “Welcome Back!” to the Nostalgia Chick!
I remember doing my best to skip the actual “plot” of the movie to focus more on the fun stuff with the family. The scenes with Gomez and Morticia especially, though the stuff with Fester and the children was also good.
You could almost feel how much fun Raul Julia and Anjelica Houston were having in their roles. And sometimes that can really elevate a film.
New NChick video….total squeeee! And I thought she knocked it out of the park too!
Wow, I remember not liking the original movie but this review makes me want to give it another try. Addams Family Values on the other hand is one of my favorite comedies of all time. Regardless, welcome back!
It is kind of strange that you point to “Green Acres”, “Addams Family”, and “Beverly Hillbillies” as part of the reboot. All three of them were fish out of water jokes turned into long running TV shows.
When they made “The Brady Bunch” they took a show which at its time was sort of a fish out of water story (the idea of a nuclear family) and set it in the modern day. Since the idea of a family being of two groups of step children and a newly married couple was ultra common at that point (“Step by Step”) the fish out of water aspect instead came from them being people from the 70′s with that moral compass and aesthetic living in an era that was decidedly not.
Will you have anything to say for the cartoon or the TV reboot?
really happy to have the regular reviews back, an this is a top film to start with.
It is pretty interesting really. With the Morticia and Gomez relationship the show’s creators’ intention to create such a bizarre family perhaps inadvertently created one of the most healthy marriages in TV history.
Given how the show often plays out – I wonder if it was intentional? It does seem like we’re supposed to generally like and support them; and the family as a whole, just the way they are. Maybe them being healthy and happy was the whole point?
Who’s to say? The creator’s definitely wanted us to like them, but didn’t rely on the usual family sitcom tropes like “the grouchy boss is coming to dinner” or “mom never gets a day to herself”. They ditched that to focus on the family being as “kooky” as possible and really a lot of their behaviors aren’t even that bizarre for really rich people with a lot of time on their hands. If I were wealthy and liked model trains I’d probably crash a few of them for the hell of it too.
Not just healthiest marriage, but probably (to my knowledge) the most cohesive screen family. Gomez and Morticia are devoted not just to each other, but to the rest of their family as well. The children don’t act out against their parents, there is no natural conflict between the Addams’ (even Wednesday and Pugsley’s antics don’t feel like it comes from a negative space) When strife does occur, it is introduced by an outsider to the family; either by Not-Mom (love that name) in the first film or by Joan Cusack’s character (I’ve totally blanked on the character’s name) in the second. Said strife is then resolved when the Addams’ pull together again as a family.
They really are a model family when you look at it. I think part of it comes from them being “family first” and everything else second.
True, family does seem to be the top of their agenda. I’m still trying to think if there are any other screen families with this dynamic and I really can’t come up with any.
I’ve been waiting for this. So happy to see the return of Nostalgia Chick!
Nice to see a new ep. These imitation NChicks just don’t hit the spot.
I was one of those depressed sort of goth-y kids growing up. So, I loved this movie a lot. I really remember that I wanted to live in that home and be overly dramatic. I even watched the Saturday morning cartoon that came later (though I can’t remember how good it was). You pretty much summed up this well. The Adams family themselves are way more interesting then the plot.
Not shocking, I was also really into Edward Scissorhands also. It is an interesting comparison. Edward Scissorhands, hands down (haha), is the better movie. But the Adams Family is certainly more fun (and far less tragic). As someone who felt out of place in the world it was nice to know there could be people to be out of place with.
Wait, can Lindsay not snap her fingers?
It was probably a sound thing, but maybe she can’t. We all have our kryptonite…
I can’t, either.
I couldn’t snap my fingers period until I was 23, and now I can only snap left handed.
Well for starters: Welcome back NChick! I missed your videos!
Secondly, I didn’t realize until now that it’s the second movie (Values) that I saw as a child and not the first as far as I remember. Also I do remember that my family owned (can’t remember if I’ve actually seen it) the direct-to-video follow-up Addams Family: Reunion. But I hope you touch on some of the other 90s TV reboot movies.
Come to think of it, I’m really surprised that Bewitched didn’t get this treatment until the 2000s, because it seemed ripe for that era in the pre-Harry Potter culture where you had movies like The Craft and Practical Magic (god that is a boring movie).
Excellent video. Glad that Lindsay is back and making more reviews, especially when the media in question is being compared to the culture surrounding its creation. Can’t wait until next week.
Loving both the 60s show and the ’91 film, I was terrified Nostalgia Chick was going to rip them to pieces. Thankfully she was kind to them (because, let’s face it, both do kind of lack in the plot dept.) Prefer Raul’s Gomez over Sean’s; Sean always struck me as being too goofy, but with Raul’s version you just kinda feel that Gomez is the head of the family and will make the decision when the s*** hits the fan
Are you going to do the 3rd movie as well (with Tim Curry & Daryl Hannah)?
Oh I am so happy! I absolutely adore The Addams Family. Will we be getting into The New Addams Family? That was totally awesome as well.
Oh, no. I really, really liked the Addam’s Family Values when I was younger. This next review is going to huurt.
You know, I always though that expresion Fester makes when Granny talks about the lightning giving his memories back was because he was still pretending to be the real Fester because he was happier living a lie than just being the looser son of the villain. That he used the lightning as an excuse to be a part of the family.
Good video, but the audio stuttering is still there.
I absolutely love Adams Family Values. It might be one of my favorite comedies of all time. =] I grew up watching it a lot on VHS.
I say it was more memorable than the first movie. I especially enjoyed the new gold digger’s monologue, as well as the Thanksgiving pageant.
Wednesday did make the pageant awesome, but I think Pugsley’s acting could have saved it LOL
Another part of the pageant I enjoyed was the turkey song. Disturbing, in a very humorous way.
Yeah, really didn’t feel like eating turkey for a while after that one.
And Lindsay got the makeup right. Of course Elisa does that all the time, and Nella, well we know how that turned out.
I wonder if she’s going to review the 1992 cartoon as well. I never saw the movies but I loved the cartoon so much. And a significant portion of it still holds up.
i been waiting on a nostalgia chick for what seems like years now. THANK YOU
I am so excited about next week. The Addams Family Values is probably one of my favorite hammy nineties movies.
Wasn’t there an animated series too? Maybe she’ll talk about that next who knows..
Yeah the Adams family is cool – speaks to my inner goth child and as always great job Lindsey ^^
Addams Family is special to me, it was the first movie I remember watching in a movie theater. =)
God every time I watched this movie when I was a kid I always had a hankering for pizza afterwards…Gee I wonder why?
Meh. I enjoyed “Fester’s Quest” on the NES more than either of the movies. Good review though. Trenchant.
The Nostalgia Chick has returned! Good to see you again, Lindsay . Er, I actually prefer The Addams Family TV series myself. It was kooky and edgy but had more of an innocent feel to it. With the movies, I found them kind of disturbing and uncomfortable, especially with Christina Ricci as Wednesday, plus it felt mean spirited as well.
I don’t know. Maybe I watched the movies at too young an age or something. I’ll have to watch them again. Either that or maybe I’m just more of a Munsters kind of guy because I did watch quite a few Munsters episodes growing up (Thank you TVLand!) and they were also kooky and sometimes edgy but ultimately had the tone of campy innocence.
Its interesting that you talk about a lot of the 90s sitcom movie adaptations and is a nice selection. (I’ve seen a lot of them myself and I look forward to watching them). For some reason though, part of me now wants you to review The Fugitive which was also a 60s show remade in the 90s, although I know The Fugitive was a straight drama/mystery show rather than a sitcom, so it wouldn’t exactly fit, but even then it was one of the best 60s tv shows to 90s movie adaptation that came out at that time, even getting awards. I don’t know. You could do that to finish the sitcoms off although it probably only makes more sense in mind. Sorry. I’m rambling now.
Keep up the good work!
Actually the old tv show > movie stuff started before this. I don’t know exactly where it originated, but 1987′s Dragnet was definitely one of my favorites.
and if this becomes a running theme for future episodes, I hope you wont miss out on 1996′s Sgt Bilko.
Speaking of which, I recently noticed that HBO on Demand was listing the Sgt. Bilko movie under “classics”.
Uhh…no one tell Chick about Addams Family Reunion, aight?
Will the Cartoons also be analyzed?
Surprised you didn’t bring up the Brady Bunch movies in this, those are the weird-sitcom-adaptations I remember most besides the Addamses.
Are you going to review the third Addams Family movie as well? You know, the direct-to-video one with Tim Curry as Gomez. And what were your thoughts on both the rebooted cartoon series and the live-action television series?
I liked it when the Addams Family had a crossover with Scooby Doo. I think that was my favorite episode. The second favorite was of course the crossover with Batman.
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Lindsey, you rock the goth look.
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