Film: The Addams Family

Opened: November 22, 1991

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Judith Malina, Carel Struycken, Christopher Hart, John Franklin, Elizabeth Wilson, Dan Hedaya & Dana Ivey

Based on the cartoons from the 1960s, the Addams family returns to charm audiences with their odd ways that are somehow endearing.

Gomez Addams (Raul Julia) longs to be reunited with his long-lost brother Fester (Christopher Lloyd). When Gomez’s lawyer Tully (Dan Hedaya) discovers the son of loan shark Abigail Craven (Elizabeth Wilson) looks just like Fester, they come up with a plan to steal the family’s fortune.

The members of the Addams family are perfectly cast. Julia and Anjelica Huston – as Gomez’s wife Morticia – have incredible chemistry and their love for each other is undeniable. A young Christina Ricci is also hilarious as their daughter Wednesday.

With elaborate sets and costumes and comedy to match, the film’s quick runtime doesn’t feel long enough.

Final say: Strangely you’ll want to be part of this family. ★★★★☆

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