The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Barry Sonnenfeld (1991)

95min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Hollywood's plundering of classic TV series has produced its fair share of turkeys, but this is a glorious exception. This is partly owing to director Barry Sonnenfeld's wise decision to stick with the black humour of Charles Addams's original and very popular New Yorker cartoons and, perhaps more importantly, some inspired casting - Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia are note perfect as loving Morticia and Gomez, while Christopher Lloyd was equally born to play Fester. However, these stars are almost surpassed by the astonishingly agile Thing and by Christina Ricci's splendid performance as the young Wednesday. The plot - a confidence trickster (Lloyd) poses as Fester to steal the Addams fortune - is a tad contrived, but Sonnenfeld makes a confident transition from cinematographer to director (he proved himself again with Get Shorty in 1995) and the result is a witty family comedy that has enough sly humour to keep adults chuckling throughout. The massive success of the film inspired the cast to return for a sequel.

Summary

Creepy couple Morticia and Gomez find their unconventional life threatened by a man claiming to be a long-lost relative. When they welcome him with open arms, they fall prey to a plot that could cost them their ancestral home and the family fortune. Black comedy based on the 1960s TV series, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman and Carel Struycken.

Cast & Crew

Morticia Addams Anjelica Huston
Gomez Addams Raul Julia
Fester Addams Christopher Lloyd
Wednesday Addams Christina Ricci
Lurch Carel Struycken
Pugsley Addams Jimmy Workman
Granny Addams Judith Malina
Margaret Alford Dana Ivey
Director Barry Sonnenfeld
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia PicturesGuidance: Some swearing and violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama