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The Addams Family (1991), based on the The Addams Family by Charles Addams: a Film Review


We pick up on the Addams Family after a 25 year fall out between Gomez and his brother Fester.  The family is about to hold their annual seance to speak with, what they believe, is a long dead Fester.

Meanwhile, Gomez’s lawyer has gotten himself into a sticky situation with a loan shark.  He is unable to pay back the loan but hatches a plan with the loan shark and her son…who oddly looks like he could be Fester’s twin.

On the night of the séance the pair show up and convince Gomez that Fester has returned from the Bermuda Triangle but must return in a week…

Hilarity ensues because this is the Addams Family…

General Information:

-Genre: Black Comedy

-Creator: based on The Addams Family by Charles Addams

-Length: 99 minutes

-Rating: PG-13(sexual innuendo and slight sexual themes, violence and gore, some fantasy theming, mild profanity, dark comedy)

-Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play or find it at your local library!

-Main Cast: Anjelica Huston,Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Elizabeth Wilson, Dan Hedaya

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

This is by far my favorite rendition of the Addams Family.  From top to bottom the casting and the story are fantastic.

Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia’s portrayal of Gomez and Morticia Addams is absolutely spectacular and I do believe showcases one of the most devoted and lovely couples in television or film. Their performance is truly where the memes come from about their love being #goals.  They show their devotion in every moment on screen from the way they look at each other to their utter devotion to the dark and slightly depraved tendencies of the other.

Pugsley and Wednesday also have a stunning performance on screen. Their little moments of dark humor and play are just a wonderful bit of comic relief from the general story line.  And their interactions with the rest of the family truly capture the feel of the two children that Charles Addams created.

The rest of the performances are just as fantastic.  Between Fester getting his memory back slowly and both Thing and Lurch in their silent moments on the periphery and the general insanity that is the Addams Family…. This film really showed it all.

This is the film I think people really think of when they think of the Addams Family.  It’s a perfect combination of dark humor and family togetherness.  The writing is just spectacular. And the costuming and set were beautifully done.

The film is extremely entertaining. And one of my favorites to watch over the Halloween season (though it is fun to watch other times of the year too.)


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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