Addams Family, the
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Director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) brings his distinctly cartoonish sensibility to this feature film version of the old Charles Addams comic strip. Anjelica Huston was born to play Morticia Addams, matriarch of the ghoulish Addams clan, while the late Raul Julia is a very agreeable, lusty Gomez. But it's Christina Ricci who arguably steals the show as their stone-faced daughter, Wednesday. As is often the problem with adaptations of comics or television shows, somehow an original story has to be implemented that doesn't clutter things up. But clutter is an issue here as the script gets tangled on a lame plot concerning efforts to steal the Addams' house and fortune. Still, it's fun to see an ideal cast reanimate an old favourite. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia were perfect for their roles and Raul Julia will be missed greatly by us all.
The children were great, spooky, ooky and everything you would expect to find in their personalities was there. Good job!
I enjoyed this one, it was quite entertaining!
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.
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am making a play in late october of it, entiled "The Addams Family: TOWN TROUBLE." It's before it's sequel, Addams Family Values. The storyline is that shortly after Fester arrives, the town thinks he's a monster. And the mayor and his wife, (not to mention the town) wants the Addams O.U.T. OUT! But the family has a trick or two up their sleeve, and they murder The Mayor and his wife. And Cousin Itt becomes Mayor, and allows Wedsnday to create chaos.
IT'S A GREAT FILM, NO DOUBT!!!!!!!!!
Anjelica Huston and Paul Julia are pale example of perfect eternal unusual, amazing, inimitable love. Christina Ricci is a perfect daughter - cold-livered deadly beauty. All actors match perfect and create "one big happy family"
Everything that have to be dead - will be alive in this movie, everything that have to be alive will be dead with a smile on it's face.
A warm welcome regails him. but with him, an unexpected caller, a "Dr. Pinderschlaus".
From here on, a malicious plan unfolds to take over the manse, which has been attempted again, & again, & again.
The actors are perfectly cast, thus necromancing the delightful Addams tale once again to entertain us.
Yet for most of us, the Addams Family Legacy becomes much more than mere stories. Over & over again, I see "The Addams Mentality" as remarkably reflective of the Satanic viewpoint.
For instance, the joyful glee in which the Addams deal with the herd; naturally "dark" in thought, attracted to that which is arcane & occult. Obviously, the aesthetics are indicative of what many of us are comfortable with.
Even Karla LaVey mentioned on the "Speak of the Devil" segment, how the LaVey family was very much like the characterizations portrayed in Addams lore. I concurr. My own Noctuary Chambre is filled with the Satanic Aesthetic ----- skulls, trapezoidal angles, My preference for exotic pets, dim lighting, various diabolical knick-knacks, & even My attraction to women who carry the "Vampyric" type. All this, or course, with the additional artifacts of Pentagrams, gargoyle paraphernalia, obscure books, music, & movies. Mostly Satanic, &/or "Gothic" in content or appearance.Read more ›
The Addams' live in a decaying mansion that boasts such attractions as a graveyard, a swamp and a vault full of money. It is this last which attracts the attention of a crooked accountant and his unscrupulous client Mrs. Craven. Their plan is to install Mrs. Craven's son Gordon in the house as 'long-lost' Uncle Fester Addams, with the purpose of gaining access to the vault. Initially Gordon is all for this plan, but once he gets to know and like the family, he undergoes a crisis of confidence and must decide where his loyalties lie.
The plot may be depressingly formulaic, but fortunately it is in the Addams' nature to be quirky. The humour is generally quite fresh and clever - who would have picked the villain's ultra-conventional wife pairing off with hirsute (and definitely unconventional) Cousin Itt? But along with the hits, there are some equally spectacular misses, including almost everything involving Grandma Addams. The other female Addams' are excellent, especially young Christina Ricci as the perpetually sullen Wednesday. Ultimately though, you have to wonder if the mysterious and macabre charm of the Addams has lost something in its modernisation, and if perhaps they should have been left to rest in peace.
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Very funny update on the classic tv show. Darker in tone, and Raul Julia and Angelica and the whole casting is divine comedy.Published 3 months ago by Dean Wirth
Such a good film, a classic for me! It's definitely one for the collection. I wish I lived with The Addams Family!Published on April 27 2013 by Ms. Laura Lambell
I can't believe Tim Burton didn't think of this, this is compleatly his style of movies! THIS MOVIE ROCKS! Great for everyone! this movie is a classic! Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Zacc
This is a real Tim Burton style comedy, even though he had nothing what so ever to do with this movie. See this, you'll like it.
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I loved this movie, and I watch it every week. I am a huge Addams Family fan, so I loved the movie. Christina Ricci did much better than Nicole Fugerman, who makes a terrible... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003
A near-worthy successor, to be more exact. The 1991 remake of the classic 60's series was taken into the hands of director Barry Sonnenfield (Men In Black films). Read morePublished on March 7 2003 by Rachel Garret