"They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're altogether ooky,
The Addams Family."
That twisted and backwards family is classic Halloween movie entertainment. When the Addams family lost Fester to the Bermuda Triangle they were heart broken. When Fester returns (played by Christopher Lloyd) their lives are full again and their twisted happiness is complete. But is it really Fester, or an impostor?
This movie is so much fun. All their clever, backwards habits are deep chuckle worthy and all the characters are in their classic form. You'll enjoy performances by Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christina Ricci. You'll love watching Thing racing around the house and trying to picture that actor pulling himself around in a cart as he acted out his handy part (plus all of the beautiful hand puns that go with him, "Oh Thing, you're a handful.") I love the dark filming and all the grays and blacks in costumes and decor that give the entire movie that Gothic feel of Halloween. If you haven't seen The Addams Family or it's been awhile, and you like silly and impossible humor then go rent this fun film for the last weekend of October.
Motherly Advice: I had my filter settings on Medium which saved me from a little language and a couple disturbing images including a complete skip of Wednesday and Pugsley's school play scene. You'll still want to be aware of the intense (loving and lusting) relationship that Gomez and Morticia have. They speak French to one another in passionate tones and of course we have the classic hand up the arm kissing scene by Gomez. The only scene in which I was uncomfortable with their kissing (and really they only actually kiss a few times) is at the auction after Morticia has won when they begin kissing and making passionate 'noises' that get a little bit intense for young ears. I didn't try it with my sex filters on High but you might want to with little ones. The disturbingness of the movie is actually not as bad as I thought it would be. The most disturbing scenes are with Wednesday and Pugsley as their 'play' mostly includes them trying to kill one another. We see Wednesday following Pugsley around with a knife which her mother then replaces with a huge clever. Then we see Wednesday strapping Pugsley into an electric chair to play the game "Is There a God?" But the weird characters in the movie aren't really scary and there really weren't any disturbingly freaky images at all. The relationship between Fester and his 'mother' is a little weird at times as they are very close and Fester does whatever she says because he loves her so much but there really isn't anything there that I wasn't be able to show my kids. So, I'd rate this one alright for the whole family as long as you set your filters according to your family's taste.
Danielle'- "Hush Mama! It's for charity! Widows and orphans. We need more of them."