Film Review: The Addams Family (1991)

Film: The Addams Family
Released: 1991
Starring: Raul Julia; Angelica Houston; Christopher Lloyd; Christina Ricci
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
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For 25 years uncle Fester has been missing. An evil doctor finds out and introduces a fake Fester in an attempt to get the Adams Family’s money. The youngest daughter has some doubts as to the sincerity of the new uncle Fester. The fake uncle adapts very well to the strange family. Can the fake doctor carry out her evil plans and take over the Adams Family’s fortune?

In many ways, the Addams family themselves are actually the perfect family. Think about it – take away the creepy kookiness and you have Gomez and Morticia who, after many years of marriage, are still desperately in love with each other; they adore their children,Pugsley and Wednesday, and Wednesday shows almost genius levels of intelligence; the whole family love one another and care about each other’s welfare. It’s a case of “the family that plays together, stays together”.

This film adaptation of the classic TV show (and.before that, the comic strip) is fantastic fun. Raul Julia, now, sadly, no longer with us, was born to play Gomez Addams, and there is great chemistry between him and Anjelica Houston as his statuesque wife, Morticia. Could there have been a more perfect choice for Fester Addams than Christopher Lloyd? He relishes every second of the role! The wonderful Christina Ricci simply IS Wednesday Addams.

The plot is well constructed, the direction marvellous and the performances hilarious. This is a family film that EVERY family should watch, and the Addams family themselves are perhaps what every family should aspire to!


2 responses to “Film Review: The Addams Family (1991)

  1. I love this movie! This is when I SO wanted to be Wednesday. 🙂

  2. Me too. I seriously considered using a day of the week for a middle name for Xander, but when he was born on a Wednesday, I couldn’t help thinking it sounded “girlie”. I quite like the idea for a girl though. Perhaps I’ll have a girl born on a Tuesday or a Thursday next time…