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Addams Family, The
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by Ryan Arthur

"It's all together...I don't know...ooky."
4 stars

Creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky.

The big screen treatment of the popular television series (and cartoon drawn by Charles Addams) actually works. Played as a dark comedy by director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black). I like this movie quite a bit, simply because each actor seems so perfectly cast in his or her role. Raul Julia IS Gomez, Anjelica Huston IS Morticia, and so on. There's some really funny, quirky moments in this film, like Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) at a school pageant where they end up severing each other's limbs, to the shock and dismay of the audience. They, of course, get a standing ovation from their parents.

The plot at the heart of the Addams Family is weak. Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) has been missing in the Bermuda Triangle for some time. A crooked accountant notices someone who looks a bit like Fester and tries to pass him off as the real deal in order to get to the Addams family fortune. What a shock that it turns out that the lookalike really is Fester, only with amnesia. Amnesia as plot device rarely works, but you tend to overlook it here.

Visually, this movie's right cool. You definitely get the feel of Addams' New Yorker cartoons as well as the television show, and the resemblance of the actors to their characters is often times uncanny.

It's smart and funny and certainly worthy your time.

Are your Girl Scout cookies made with real Girl Scouts?

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9/02/17 Charles Tatum It's classic. 3 stars
2/11/08 Pamela White very funny in a twisted way 4 stars
3/28/07 Mark Louis Baumgart Fast paced and funny. The Addams live in their own little world. I wanna live there. 5 stars
3/16/07 johnnyfog I forgot how pretty Anjelica Huston was. Frickin funny movie 5 stars
9/13/06 David Cohen Captures the feel of the comic very well 4 stars
10/28/04 Daveman Underrated comedy sequal, the female lead performances are what really make it so much fun 3 stars
5/22/04 John well designed with a good cast but the film is terribly uninvolving 2 stars
4/30/02 Monster W. Kung It was supposed to be an improvement on TV show, but it's really much worse. 2 stars
4/02/02 Brandy Little I'm A Huge Fan Of Anjelica Huston, So Of Course I Love This Movie 5 stars
3/11/02 Emilia Perfect cast....wish I could understand what the hell Itt was talking about . 5 stars
9/13/01 Butterbean They took a horrible TV series and made an awesome movie! 5 stars
9/01/01 Henry Ginsberg I liked Anjelica Huston in this movie.She actualy manages to make Satanism look sexy. 4 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk, yeah. 4 stars
6/10/01 Serial_Monk_the_Jawbreaker A little slow but has a good share of very funny moments 4 stars
4/12/01 Andrew Carden It was cute, but everything falls apart, and it loses its momentum. 3 stars
11/13/00 The EVIL Penguin very dark and hilarious 4 stars
2/22/00 Bozo makes me cry in the beginning cause i miss Raul Julia who was great as Gomez 5 stars
8/21/99 Olivia Neutron-Bomb Christina was sexier here than she is now. 4 stars
5/29/99 Bob, Lord of Evil I liked this one a bit more than the sequel, but only for the Mamushka. 5 stars
3/30/99 Ah Dooey Totally rad! 5 stars
2/19/99 nun uf u r businness I love it!! It's soooo incredibly awesome Christina Ricci's awesome as Wensday! 5 stars
10/27/98 Silent Rob Neither inspired or disappointing. If you liked the TV series..... 3 stars
9/26/98 Maegs Definatly funny 4 stars
9/24/98 katherine a little wierd, but what do u expect? i liked it. i t was funny. 4 stars
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