Con artists attempt to steal the family's fortune by
using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost uncle.
The Addams Family (1991)
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Written by Caroline Thompson and Larry Wilson
Starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd,
Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Dan Hedaya,
Elizabeth Wilson, Judith Malina, Carel Struycken
Based on the 1964-1966 TV series
Oscar Nominations - Best Costume Design
I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining The Addams Family was, despite an uneven script. Ultimately, the film owes everything to the delightfully macabre and likable characters, without whom this film would have failed miserably.
Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are perfectly cast as Gomez and Morticia Addams. Their chemistry is spot-on and they emulate John Astin and Carolyn Jones from the classic television show. Christopher Lloyd is fun to watch as the eccentric Uncle Fester, who you can't help but love even though he is kind of the villain of the film. I also love Christina Ricci as Wednesday, whose dark sense of humor helps make the film more than just a remake of an old TV show.
Even though the story seems like two different plots mushed together, The Addams Family remains a decent comedy that I would watch again. It's memorable for its dark, yet delightful tone, which never would have worked for any other adaptation.
A fun movie that fully embraces the show before it and tells a pretty entreating story. The story really has you rooting for the Addams family, in that everything will turn out alright for them, and is full of great, funny moments. The family is brought to great life on the big screen and is still tons of fun to watch. All the actors play the characters perfectly, definitely not ruining them in any way from the TV version.
Seeing Wednesday constantly trying to kill Pugsly is hilarious every time. Even though the film is a little macabre, it still teaches a lot about the importance of family. A good, different kind of family film that will be remembered for years to come.