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The Addams Family 1991 PG-13 CC

When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after twenty-five years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead.

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Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia
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1 hour, 39 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Comedy
Director Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia
Supporting actors Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Wilson, Judith Malina, Carel Struycken, Dana Ivey, Paul Benedict, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Christopher Hart, John Franklin, Tony Azito, Douglas Brian Martin, Steven M. Martin, Allegra Kent, Richard Korthaze, Ryan Holihan, Maureen Sue Levin
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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A treat for all fans of the popular sixties sitcom. This new cast (all but John Astin who played Gomez are now deceased) featuring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and the late Raul Julia do the film and the Addams characters great justice. As the song says: "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together hooky, the Addams family." It's very funny entertainment not just for Halloween, but all year long!
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Years ago, Fester Adams (Christopher Lloyd) left on a trip to the Bermuda Triangle. Since then the Addams family has not seen him. After many years of holding seance's, Fester finally comes home to his brother's family (Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, and Jimmy Workman), accompanied by a Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss (Elizabeth Wilson) who supposedly found him washed up in the Bermuda Triangle, but might be looking for more than to reunite a family.

As a general rule, adaptations of old TV shows suck. I'm not trying to be mean, but there are only a few that I actually like, such as: Dukes of Hazzard (guilty pleasure), Get Smart, Starsky and Hutch, and The Addams Family. Of these, The Addams Family is currently my favorite movie based on a TV show, and considering I never really cared for the show (sorry, but The Munsters were more fun to watch as a TV show) and Get Smart is still one of my favorite TV shows of all time, that's saying a lot.

What makes The Addams Family so much fun is the playful nature of the movie mixed with a lot of dark humor. First time director Barry Sonnenfeld (who went on to direct both Men In Black movies and Get Shorty as well as produce the TV show Pushing Daisies) almost makes this feel as though it could be a more comical Tim Burton film, but still remains faithful to the show with throwing fun facts from the show into the mix. The face of the matter is: this movie is just overall fun to watch more than anything else.

The acting also helps in this case. In my opinion, after The Addams Family Values there can be no future Addams Family movies because Raul Julia is dead, and no on will ever play Gomez the way that I think he should be played. Anjelica Huston has never been more beautiful or played a character as sexy as Morticia.
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After so many years, "The Addams Family" is still one of the best comedies of all time. You can't watch this movie and not laugh, there are so many things are that just really that funny. The stunts and effects of the film are amazing. From small things like the fire on the candle painting of Uncle Fester going out to Thing walking around, this movie is really a feast for the eyes and was ahead of it's time in many areas.

Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston made this movie really work because their chemistry works so well on screen. You can see the character's emotions brilliantly portrayed by these two talanted actors. But not forgetting the rest, Christopher Lloyd was made a great Fester. This is a movie that has to be seen if you haven't.
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I wouldn't have bet that anyone could pull it off. The original series had such a unique and whimsical voice, I assumed that a movie maker would either overplay the feel of the film or just miss the point entirely.
But Barry Sonnenfeld gets it! And the cast is top-notch. Christina Ricci is more menacing than words can express. The late Raul Julia nails the character of Gomez.
Wonderful in its humor and its overall feel, this one is a keeper to enjoy over and over again.
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A recent re-run of the Addams Family movies on cable convinced me. They have now wormed their way into my permanent DVD collection. (if you'll pardon the pun.)

Why? It's one of the few occasions when the modern movie revival of a TV series is actually better than the original.

The casting and performances are exquisite. The male actors chew the scenery, and they do it wonderfully, especially in the case of Raoul Julia. But the women steal the show with their--pardon the pun again--deadpan delivery.

Anjelica Huston was born for the role of Morticia--and has since made something of a specialty of macabre women, playing the villainess in Roald Dahl's "The Witches", a British kids' film. And even as a child, Christina Ricci proves that she has creepy down to a fine art.

I was a little disappointed in Lurch, though. Perfect physical casting, but the actor (whom I suspect doesn't speak English as his native language) was never given the opportunity for Ted Cassidy's notorious double-takes from the TV series. Or those curious noisdes Lurch made, which were kind of a cross between a groan, a moan, an uh-huh, or a yeah, maybe. Call me an Addams purist, but never did I hear him say the famous "Yes, Mr. Addams".

Thing makes up for it, in part. Freed from his box, he is the source of sight gags galore. Though I do kind of miss the cleverness of where Thing popped up in the TV series...

By the way, Ted Cassidy (who played Lurch in the TV series) had such big, gracious hands that he also played Thing. In scenes where they appeared together, apparently Thing was a hand in. Gosh, that's the third pun for which I need to apologise...
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