THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1991) Reviews and overview

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The Addams Family is a 1991 American horror comedy film based on the characters from the cartoon of the same name created by cartoonist Charles Addams.


Gomez Addams (Raúl Juliá) laments the twenty-five-year absence of his brother Fester, who disappeared after the two had a falling-out. Gomez’s lawyer Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya) owes money to loan shark Abigail Craven (Elizabeth Wilson) and notices that her son Gordon (Christopher Lloyd) closely resembles Fester.


Tully proposes that Gordon pose as Fester to infiltrate the Addams household and find the hidden vault where they keep their vast riches. Tully and his wife Margaret (Dana Ivey) attend a séance at the Addams home led by Grandmama (Judith Malina) in which the family tries to contact Fester’s spirit.


Gordon arrives, posing as Fester, while Abigail poses as psychiatrist Doctor Pinder-Schloss and tells the family that Fester had been lost in the Bermuda Triangle for the past twenty-five years…


“Cinematographer-turned-director Barry Sonnenfeld and screenwriters Larry Wilson and Caroline Thompson haven’t solved the problem of how to construct a film around a one-joke concept, though the production design is a triumph of post-modern Gothic and there are some effective one-liners…” TV Guide






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