Normal is boring. The cookie cutter perfect family is like watching paint dry. It’s been done to death. Thankfully, audiences over the years have recognized this and have welcomed imperfect and slightly crazy television families into their lives.
That is where The Addams Family (1991) comes in to shake things up. Based on the 1964 television series, which was based on a cartoon, Gomez and Morticia Addams (the late Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston) are one of the wealthiest couples on the block. They also have a very interesting sense of macabre. When a con artist attempts to re-introduce Gomez’s long-lost brother, Fester (Christopher Lloyd), it looks like the con might work. But will the fake Uncle Fester have a change of heart before he can take the money and run?
Having never seen the original television show or the cartoon, I seem to remember fond memories of the movie. There is a rebelliousness to these characters, not caring what the neighbors think. To me, that is what makes this a standout movie. And course, what early 90’s film is incomplete without a theme song from MC Hammer?
I recommend it.