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The Addams Family (1991) Review

Posted by JoshWhit

It’s the last movie review before spooky season officially begins. After this, I’ll deliver a whole month of nothing but horror movie reviews.

That being said, we’re getting set for the scariest month out of the year with a comedy that plays off the elements of horror in a very strong comedic fashion: The Addams Family

A little history of The Addams Family: The whole idea of a creepy family began in 1938 with cartoons by Charles Addams. In the 60s The Addams Family began running as a TV show. It ran from 1964-1966. It then picked back up in 1973. Again, came back from 1992-1993. The final TV interaction came and went from 1998-1999. 

The creepiest and most beloved family in American history made a few appearances in The New Scooby-Doo Movies in 1972. They also had their own TV special in 1977 with Halloween with the New Addams Family.

After that, they turned to a strictly movie family. In 1991 out came The Addams Family. In 1993, the sequel Addams Family Values was released. Then a direct to video third film dropped in 1998 with Addams Family Reunion.

Most Recently The Addams Family was animated in 2019 with an expected sequel coming in 2021.

The Addams Family (1991) is one of my all time favorite movies. It is a great entertainment escape for the family. It introduced paranormal things to me in a new light, and it kind of fueled what I enjoy the most in fiction now. 

Plus, it has a sentimental value for me. My family used to watch the black and white show when I was a kid. We also watched The Munsters with it since it was a show created in the same vain. 

The casting for The Addams Family is always on point. It starred Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester, Raul Julia as Gomez, Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Christina Ricci as Wednesday, and Jimmy Workman as Pugsley.

Every single actor involved really delivered amazing performances. My only critique would be on Pugsley, but part of that is because of how crazy that character is written to be. 

The 1991 iteration is about Uncle Fester being missing for 25 years and being replaced by a guy that looks exactly like him so that his horrible con artist mother can steal the Addams fortune. 

It’s a totally nutty movie and I absolutely adore it. 

It’s not the greatest movie ever told. It’s got a very predictable plot. The cinematography is relatively convincing, but it doesn’t feel very real. They use quite a bit of practical effects, which is something I always like in movies. The downside is they just don’t always age well.

Which is sadly the case for this movie. 

Nonetheless, The Addams Family can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s ridiculous, but it also shows the importance of family and forgiveness. There is some cool messaging about tradition and rituals, but that’s a different article than a simple review.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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