The Addams Family
When a man (Christopher Lloyd) claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams (Raul Julia), arrives at the Addams' home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia (Anjelica Huston) begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester's life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya), Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester.
Release Date: November 22, 1991
Writer: Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson, Charles Addams
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer: Scott Rudin, Graham Place
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Carel Struycken, Christina Ricci, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Wilson, Raul Julia, Judith Malina, Paul Benedict, Dana Ivey, Christopher Hart, John Franklin, Jimmy Workman
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The only moment that lives up to the film’s potential involves tots Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) enacting a scene from Hamlet for the school talent show. Huston is properly ethereal as Morticia, and Julia makes a swashbuckling Gomez, though neither can do much with the roles. Ricci is a perfect, somber Wednesday.Click here to read the full review
"The Addams Family" is too dark for very young ones — especially a scene where the children, Wednesday and Pugsley, perform on stage in classic Grand Guignol fashion. But older kids and parents should have a great time — especially if you kick your sense of humor into the "sick" mode.
There are a lot of little smiles in "The Addams Family," and many chuckles and grins, but they don’t add up to much. The movie is like a series of the Charles Addams cartoons that inspired it, in which each individual line or image is self-contained. I was mildly entertained, but I was hoping for big laughs and with one exception I didn’t find them.Click here to read the full review
While the movie fails to recapture the quirky spookiness and charm of the original TV series, it's actually fun to watch. The dialogue is quick witted, and there are plenty of funny (albeit macabre) moments. But the movie also contains its share of sexual innuendo, violence, and freaky imagery that's inappropriate for younger viewers.Click here to read the full review
While the movie fails to recapture the quirky spookiness and charm of the original TV series, it's actually fun to watch. The dialogue is quick witted, and there are plenty of funny (albeit macabre) moments. But the movie also contains its share of sexual innuendo, violence, and freaky imagery that's inappropriate for younger viewers.
This movie is based on Charles Addams’ characters and the early sixties TV series. The violence in the film is supposed to be fantasy based and much of it is obviously a joke, reflecting the macabre sense of humor of the family. It should be noted that there are several incidents of this kind of violence. One funny moment is seen when Gomez uses his combo to his safe, which is 2-10-11 and it stands for two eyes, ten fingers and eleven toes! Although the film has some funny moments, a neighbor of the Addams “damns” Gomez a couple of times after Gomez’ golf ball crashes through his window. The Dove Foundation never awards our Seal to a picture when a character is “damned” or told to “Go to H…” Therefore, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this picture as a family-friendly film.Click here to read the full review
The Addams are opposite in every way. In the same vein as Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, the Addams like things gloomy and are happiest when life is on the brink of death. Unlike Oscar, and unlike their rather innocent television series, today's Addams get joy in doing things that are beyond funny, and are in plain poor taste.Click here to read the full review
Parents need to know that while this film is based on the classic 1960s sitcom, it's a much darker comedy with more sophisticated humor. While the movie is fun, it contains violent images and strong sexual innuendo. It also contains scenes featuring the use of various weapons and torture devices. Parents also need to know that while the characters are likeable, their behavior is sometimes mean spirited. Wednesday Addams' sadistic nature is rather disturbing. Parents should exercise caution and may want to preview before allowing tweens to watch.Click here to read the full review