The 1991 film version of The Addams Family has no business being as fun as it is. But Barry Sonnenfeld did the impossible; create a strong, stand alone film, while in the process creating what many to be the definitive portrayal of the family Addams.
Oddly, the only thing unusual about the film is the story itself. Fester has been gone for many years. He got amnesia and married a woman, living away from his family. The woman, posing as his doctor, hacks a plan to rob the Addams family after seeing her husband bears a striking resemblance to Uncle Fester.
Right off the bat, you realize how perfect the casting is for this. I don’t know if this film would fly today, because whoever would be cast would have huge shoes to fill. I still see people posting memes of Wednesday Addams, championing her as their spirit animal. And I agree, Christina Ricci is amazing in this role. The late Raul Julia and Angelica Huston are amazing as the patriarchs of the Addams Family. They bring a playfulness and add depth to the love between these two.
This movie was a big hit, so naturally there were tie ins. There was a McDonald’s promotion, video games, and even an M.C. Hammer song and video to go along with the flick.
The pinball machine released as a tie in to the movie went on the be the best selling pinball machine of all time, with sales in excess of 20,000 units.
This movie is fun for all ages, even if you were not familiar with the TV show or comic strip. Addams Family Values, the sequel, will be covered later in the month.
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