The Addams Family is not your typical family: they take delight in most of the things that "normal" people would be terrified of. Gomez Adams is an extremely wealthy man, and is able to ... See full summary »
The Addams step out of Charles Addams' cartoons. They live with all of the trappings of the macabre (including a detached hand for a servant) and are quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and his loan shark and a plot to slip in the shark's son into the family as their long lost Uncle Fester. Can the false Fester find his way into the vault before he is discovered? Written by
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Uncle Fester powering a light bulb with his mouth is a reference to the original TV series, where he does the same thing. See more »
When Wednesday is finished preparing the electric chair, she calls to Pugsley, who is sitting on the floor playing with a toy guillotine. When he stands, there is heavy dust on the seat of his pants from the floor. In the next shot, we see him walking to the electric chair, and the seat of his pants is clean and dust free. See more »
The Addams Family has had a death... Fester Addams. But lo and behold, their lawyer knows a man who resembles Fester and if he passes the impostor off, could gain access to the family vault, full of treasures untold. But can the fake Fester survive the family's maniacal games? I don't have much experience with older incarnations of the Addams Family. So, I can't make an educated comparison. However, this film excels in every way: macabre, humorous and just plain eccentrically absurd. The casting is also amazing... Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd.
This was a breakout performance for the love of my life, Christina Ricci (playing Wednesday Addams). Sure, it typecast her into weird roles ("Casper", "Sleepy Hollow", "Pumpkin") but this is, beyond a doubt, where she fits. She can do drama ("Monster", "Black Snake Moan") but will always be my little goth girl.
This film's dark humor is family appropriate -- cartoon violence, no nudity and marginal language. They don't make films like this anymore. Full credit must be given to the writer and director for bringing this family to life in a way that just can't be repeated. Well, aside from the sequel.
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