The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, brought to you by a/perture Cinema, is The Addams Family starring the awesome Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd and Anjelica Huston. It came out in 1991 and was based on the television series of the same name from the 1960s.
The IMDb description is: “Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester.” So, this shyster known as Abigail Craven, under the guise of Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss claims to have found Fester (who was really her son Gordon) who’s been missing for 25 years, after he washed up on shore having gotten lost in the Bermuda Triangle. The attorney for Gomez set the whole thing up, basically betraying Gomez because he hated working for the Family.
They are bent on obtaining the treasure hidden in the Addams Family vault. So with Gomez enthralled with the fact that his brother has returned, the rest of the family starts growing suspicious because Fester doesn’t seem to remember major incidents that have taken place in the brothers’ lives as young boys. Dr. Pinder-Schloss convinces Gomez that this is because of the memory loss, trauma and displacement. Attempts to get to the vault continuously ends up with someone being put out of the house by one perilous avenue or another. The end is what you’d expect, with some extra “Ha!” thrown in as an homage to the original show.
Was the film campy? Of course it was. Was the original show campy? Of course it was. Camp can be fun. In fact this was fun. It was cheesy and wonderfully so. There’s also the line that I use often when approached by Girl Scouts as to whether I want to buy their cookies or not: “Are they made from real girl scouts?” Ah, Christina Ricci, you grew into a fine woman. The recently departed Elizabeth Wilson (who died at age 94) played Dr. Pinder-Schloss/Abigail Craven and she was great in the role.
Overall, I thought the film was fun and worth a watch. Raul Julia was a fantastic actor and a tremendous loss to film watchers everywhere when he died in 1994 just 3 years after this film and a year after its sequel, Addams Family Values.
The film stands at 60% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a user score of 66%. The critics score had the critique of: “The movie is peppered with amusing sight gags and one-liners, but the disjointed script doesn’t cohere into a successful whole.” I see that but also I feel that the fun of the film overshadows its shortcomings. Is it great? No. It’s fun. I watched it on Netflix and rated it 3.5 stars.
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“Last night you were unhinged. You were like some desperate, howling demon. You frightened me. Do it again!”– Morticia (Anjelica Huston)