The Addams Family

1991

Action / Comedy / Fantasy

241
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 66%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 108300

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Cast

Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams
Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven
Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams
Raul Julia as Gomez Addams
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by nycritic 8 / 10

Gothic Kookiness

Charles Addams' dark characters get the film treatment in Barry Sonnenfeld's THE ADDAMS FAMILY, which is something of a cross between the actual New Yorker comics and the 1960s television show. Not trying to lean too far to either, the movie stays at a safe plane, even incorporating a vague plot involving two grifters, Gordon and Abigail Craven, posing as Uncle Fester and a renowned psychiatrist (Christopher Lloyd and Elizabeth Wilson) who are in cahoots to rob the Addams of their fortune and house. The problem arises when Craven seems to go against his take-the-money-and-run attitude and when the Addams themselves appear to enjoy every minute that they're being taken advantage of. It suits the dark humor well, because since the Addams live in an alternative universe of their own creation in which dark is light, repugnant is beautiful, pain equals pleasure, death is life, and chaos equals order, it leaves the door open for many of their Gothic eccentricities to pull the rug over Lloyd and Wilson over and over again. It's clever, although its only problem is the "needing to introduce the characters we all know" setup which like in all movies based on comics or television shows, looks obvious.

But despite this, everyone is uniformly excellent. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston lend their looks to embody their cartoon counterparts and are the romantics at the heart of this decidedly perverse story. Christopher Lloyd is also great in his representation of Uncle Fester. But hands down: the one who walks away with the entire movie is Christina Ricci who plays Wednesday as if she were living the role day by day. There's a sadistic gleam in her eyes and her voice that not many child actors have and I think that any other actor of the time that this film was made would have been unable to fit into this difficult part. Other than that, the tone of the movie is perfect: as dark as it wants to be, but never letting its Gothic setting drown it in an inescapable mire. On the contrary, we're constantly aware that this is a typical American family who lives upside down and who are happy in being so even when we gawk and cringe at their oddities.

Reviewed by Oliver Thatcher Watson 6 / 10

Really only for fans of the show.

As someone who's never seen the show that this film is based on, I can't really say that I loved this film as much as I was hoping to. Not to say that this a bad film, as i'm almost 100% certain that fans of the show would love it. But, as someone who's never seen it before, this film just didn't grab me as much. One, the character development is mediocre at best, as all anyone who hasn't seen the show sees in this film fis a family that treats everything and everyone darkly and unkindly. And the story is much more reminiscent of something you might see on TV than in a film. Which, I understand why it is this way, considering that this film is mainly for fans of the show, but still. I feel like there could've been more work put in to bring newcomers into the dark world of the Addams Family. But I feel like this film doesn't quite hit the mark, and can seem more weird and kind of tiring than entertaining for those who haven't seen the show. But, I guess this film has enough morbidly great stuff, great performances, and dedication to how the show was to make most, if not all fans of the original show happy. So I can't say that this film is bad, as it's not at all. But it would've been a lot better if it also focused on pulling in new people rather than just make a film for the fans. Then again, who am I to judge what the film makers do? If you're a fan of the show, you'll definitely enjoy this film. But if you've never seen the show, it's more recommended to watch the show first, as this film doesn't seem to have enough character development or as good of a story structure to recommend otherwise. Overall, this films alright. If I ever do watch the show and then rewatch this film and if my opinion changes, I might delete this review and rewrite it. But until then, I think this film is just alright.

Reviewed by Paul Kydd 8 / 10

The Addams Family **** (8/10)

Available on Blu-ray Disc (Region B)

USA 1991 English (Colour); Comedy/Horror/Fantasy (Paramount); 100 minutes (PG certificate)

Crew includes: Barry Sonnenfeld (Director); Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson (Screenwriters, from Characters created by Charles Addams); Scott Rudin (Producer); Graham Place (Executive Producer); Owen Roizman (Cinematographer); Richard MacDonald (Production Designer); Dede Allen, Jim Miller (Editors); Marc Shaiman (Composer)

Cast includes: Anjelica Huston (Morticia Addams), Raul Julia (Gomez Addams), Christopher Lloyd (Uncle Fester Addams), Dan Hedaya (Tully Alford), Elizabeth Wilson (Abigail Craven), Judith Malina (Grandmama), Carel Struycken (Lurch), Dana Ivey (Margaret Alford), Paul Benedict (Judge Womack), Christina Ricci (Wednesday Addams), Jimmy Workman (Pugsley Addams), Christopher Hart (Thing)

Academy Award nomination: Costume Design (Ruth Myers); BAFTA nominations (2): Production Design, Makeup; Golden Globe nomination: Actress - Musical/Comedy (Huston)

"Weird is relative."

A suitably freakish impostor (Lloyd) - or is he? - infiltrates the spooky residence of a ghoulish yet loving family, headed by an elegant, vampirish matriarch (Huston) and her debonair, devoted husband (Julia), in an attempt to get his hands on their substantial wealth.

Spot-on costumes, sets and casting (precocious little horror Ricci is particularly memorable) are highlights of an extremely successful comic strip adaptation, but not for Orion Pictures, whose fiscal woes compelled them to sell off their anticipated triumph to a no doubt grateful Paramount.

A just-as-enjoyable sequel, likewise helmed by noted cinematographer Sonnenfeld (this big-budget effort, though an exhausting experience, opportunely being his directorial début), appeared two years later.

Blu-ray Extras: Trailers. *½ (3/10)

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